The Lunchbox Movie Review

The Lunchbox review
  • Film : The Lunchbox
  • Producer : Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Arun Rangachari
  • Director : Ritesh Batra
  • Star Cast : Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui...
  • Music Director : Max Richter

The Lunchbox is an Indian epistolary romantic film written and directed by Ritesh Batra. On the other hand produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap as well as Arun Rangachari. The film The Lunchbox known to be jointly produced by various studios including UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, DAR motion pictures, NFDC (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Films (France), and the Cine Mosaic (United States).

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The Lunchbox review

Story :

Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is a housewife whose life move clumsily between her lazily careless husband and little daughter. Apart from the other routine task of the day, the woman is continuously undergoing needless bustle about making the right degree of delicious dish for her husband’s tiffin intending to gain his notice on her.

Nevertheless, the spotlessly clean dabbawallahs are just human and they reach her loving dabbah to a unaccompanied Government officer Saajan Fernandez (Irrfan). On the edge of retiring, the man has no spice in his life and nothing to look forward to. He is continuously avoiding the man who is to replace him (Nawzuddin Siddiqui) and is offensive to the kids who play outside his house. The lunchbox and the letters that are exchanged with them changes his life as he begins to get drawn back to liveliness. His somber life finds some color via the food Ila sends and their interactions are so perfectly entrancing that the two begin a journey towards companionship and love over their scribbled notes.

Analysis :

The Lunchbox

The film has the distinct scent of immortality. Cooked up in the middle of the cutter of Mumbai city that is a familiar sight, the film uses unforgettable props to grab on to your memories. The lasting sights of passing trains and messy government office, the spirited dabbawalahs who feed scores of people everyday unfailingly; the ordinary setting of the story also manages to stay attached to us in its unchanging folds of familiarity. At the same time yet the remarkable beauty of its ironies make the film naturally moving. There can be no dispute that writer, director Batra has penned down an extraordinarily fine story which its incredible actors have developed gradually.

A story that's disconnected regarding a neglected housewife and a salaried man on the extreme edge of turning into a pensioner comes together with an lasting beauty. The woman cooks with the expectancy that she’ll one day find the recipe that will make her husband notice her beyond the shadow of the woman who inhabits their Malad home. Saajan Fernandez is a man stuck in the complexities of loneliness. Essentially a loner with fractured memories of his deceased wife and an dull life, Ila manages to spice up his tiffin and his life with her spices and dishes. By a mysterious mistake of dabbawalahs, the tiffin she packs for her husband reaches Saajan and the two strike up a relationship over letters.

She bares the marbles of her boring marriage and that she suspects her husband is having an affair. He recounts to her, the memories of his wife laughing over and over at the same jokes of Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and recording them while he kept looking back at her reflection. There is endearment in every scene that comes on the frame – if you can find, there is beauty is every slide the director has come up with. Even supporting characters are hued up. Nawazuddin plays Shaikh, the man who is to replace Saajan at work, a chattering young man, who chops vegetables on his work files and makes references of his dead mother’s sayings (one who he has no clue about) simply to add weight to his lines. Such characters immediately grab your fondness. The voice of Bharti Achrekar as Deshpande Aunty who is needless bustle over her coma stricken husband’s diapers is another character who secures a place in your heart even when you never catch a glimpse of her. She is intriguingly used and such a delight throughout.

If you have ever seen the film The Great Indian Butterfly, you’ll know why the constant referencing to Bhutan is both affectionate and yet an unsound argument. Nevertheless, the idea has been developed gradually accompanying a hammering acuteness. The significance of the wrapping lines have far reaching impact than we can comprehend while we hear them over and over again in the film. ‘Sometimes even the wrong train can reach you to the right station!’

Performance :

The Lunchbox-review

To start with Irrfan is never short of stunningly surprising and the actor does it yet again. He slips into the role of a man years older to him with incredible ease and yet he never uttered hesitatingly at his excellent sense of thoroughly synchronizing with his characters. He is terrific and somehow so charming in his role, that even as the retiring old man he will make your heart skip a beat.

Nimrat Kaur is astonishingly natural. She is not the eye candy heroine yet she is a surprisingly magnificent actress who understands every shade of her character, performing it with strikingly beauty.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui essays his role with keenness and he is praiseworthy brilliant at his work. As a supporting character, he is hard to miss for the wonderful chemistry that passes gradually out of his good-fellowship with Irrfan. A few of them makes for the film’s most prominently powerful moments. It's naturally powerful!

Final Word:The Lunchbox is one of those films that will spellbind you with absolute simplicity. Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur build their character intimately without meeting each other for once all through the film. Normally such stories lose their steam soon enough, yet Batra’s expertise manages the film accompanying its deep-rooted beauty of an unlikely love story. It is such a powerful as well as effective film that I can’t really settle for anything less than 4 star.

It's undoubtedly a real fulfillment for the film buffs.

The Lunchbox Movie Releases on 20th Sep 2013