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The Lunchbox

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The Lunchbox 2013 PG

104 mins Director. Ritesh Batra

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in the Indian drama that’s enchanted festival audiences around the globe, winning an audience award at Cannes and a Best Film nomination at the London Film Festival. A lonely Mumbai office worker receives the wrong packed lunch after a mix-up by the city’s famous dabbawala couriers, and is so impressed by its wonderful cuisine that he returns a note to its sender - a neglected housewife trying to rouse her husband’s affections.

So begins a letter-based romance in the vein of such classics as Shop Around the Corner. But this deceptively simple set-up belies an intelligent, beguiling and understated (no Bollywood songs) drama packed with delicious looking food and delightful insight. Bolstered with winning performances from veteran actors Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, first-time director Ritesh Batra has reworked the classic ingredients of the ‘meet cute’ romantic comedy into a disarmingly original concoction to tantalise the taste-buds and warm the heart.

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Ritesh Batra


Lillette Dubey

Bharati Achrekar

Nimrat Kaur

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nakul Vaid


Romance Drama


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PG Contains infrequent references to suicide and one use of mild language





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