Released on 20th September, The Lunch-box has more than satisfied the appetite of all cine-goers. It has been successful at the box office and has also received excellent reviews from the most stringent critics! It was turned out to be topic of all discussions.

Revolving around two central characters, the plot is pretty simple. The story is set in the city of Mumbai. Nirmat Kaur, playing the character of a typical Indian housewife named Ila, sends lunch to her husband, everyday via the Dabbawalas. The otherwise very efficient dabbawalas, delivers the lunchbox sent by Ila not to her husband but to someone called Saajan Fernandez, played by Irrfan Khan. Mr. Fernandez is an accountant who would retire in a few days. Both of them discovers that the lunchbox is reaching the wrong person. And then, they start exchanging letters through the lunchbox.
It is through these letters, that we get to know more about these characters and how their relationships grow- which has been portrayed with great care and subtlety. Nawazuddin Siddique as Shaikh, plays a very complex character of a trainee assistant to Mr. Fernandez.
Débutante director Ritesh Batra has done a fabulous job. He has used the acting skills of all actors with utmost dexterity.
The music is very sweet and simple- comprising of a retro Sajan film song used in the most appropriate way and a local ‘dabbawala’ song.
Through all these, the director has conjured up a great plot that makes you fall in love with the film. Moreover, the film itself redefines our notion of love. It is just not another long distance epistolary courtship saga. It is much much more than that.
If you haven’t watched the movie, watch it somehow. Every cinema lover should watch it because this is a Lunchbox whose taste will stay with you for a long time.
Picture courtesy – www.pinkvilla.com
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