• PG, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Ritesh Batra
    In Theaters:
    Feb 28, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 1, 2014
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The Lunchbox Reviews

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Super Reviewer

June 25, 2014
A neglected housewife starts a correspondence with a widowed accountant nearing retirement when he is mistakenly delivered the special lunch she made to impress her distant husband. More interesting to Westerners for its peek at the lives and customs of average residents of modern day Mumbai than it is for its ordinary (though well-acted) drama. If this story was set in (say) Seattle, it would be a hopeless bore.

Super Reviewer

March 23, 2014
'The Lunchbox'. A real charmer that's just the right amount of sweet and hardly hits a false note. If only more films like this came out of India.

Super Reviewer

March 17, 2014
In order to gain the attention of her husband Rajeev(Nakul Vaid), Ila(Nimrat Kaur) cooks an extra special lunch for him. Except he does not receive it. Instead, it ends up in the hands of Saajan(Irrfan Khan) who is taking early retirement in a month. He is so satisfied with his meal that he returns the lunchbox entirely wiped clean. When Ila realizes that it was not her husband who ate it, she writes a note to its mistaken but grateful recipient.

With a masterclass in underacting from Irrfan Khan, "The Lunchbox" is a movie about the simple pleasures in life that in its own way demonstrates that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Overall, the movie operates on the rhythms of daily life, unpredictable as they often are. But those are rapidly changing, as society speeds along, or at least tries to. Some of this is universal like the lack of communication even with modern means, but other concepts like Mumbai's horrific traffic are endemic to India.

Super Reviewer

July 11, 2014
Feel-good drama mixing the chaotic and spacious.
Noah N

Super Reviewer

July 4, 2014
'The Lunch Box' (2014) is the genial and sensible debut film of Ritesh Batra which takes place in India. It's a nice slice-of-life story that follows the subtle neglected lives of two different people who are misguidedly brought together through a lunchbox. Even for how slow-paced this film can be, it is ultimately saved by impeccable performances and genuine dialogue. There are many cases where films ensure languid camera movements that just seem to go on and on with not much happening. However, with the 'The Lunch Box' (2014) almost every minute of languid camera time gives direct details, whether it's cultural or for a character's depth-real characters, real situations.
August 31, 2014
After the cloying Hundred-Foot Journey, it's a breath of fresh air to see a film centered on food that's so restrained. Bollywood great Irrfan Khan is excellent as Saajan, a solitary accountant on the verge of retirement. One day he mistakenly gets a lunchbox packed by a housewife (Nimrat Kaur) who meant it for her husband. But he responds to her food more than her husband ever does, and so she begins to ship him regular meals, and then letters. The Lunchbox is sentimental sometimes to a fault, but boy does it get to you.
August 25, 2014
A look at the lives surrounding the dabbawallas, who somehow manage a complex multi-stage daily lunchbox courier service. Gritty, mundane yet hopeful - a hearty taste of everyday life, its struggles somewhat more bearable, even if shared with a total stranger.
July 8, 2014
What an interesting meditation about hope. The Lunchbox is a sweet film powered by strong direction and wonderful performances from its two leads. Watching these two actors fall in love is incredibly engaging, especially considering they never have a face to face conversation. As we see Khan and Kaur trade letters, secrets, and dreams we begin to see how hope can breathe new life into a dying soul.

I loved the portrayals of growing old and coming to terms with reality. It's something that usually doesn't happen in romantic comedies, but I appreciated that the film took its time to let the relationship build to a natural rhythm. Also, it doesn't hurt that all the food looks delicious.

Even if you're not a big foreign film fan, I think everyone can get something out of this film.
December 24, 2013
Well produced, a break from trope Bollywood plots. Disappointed with the ending. A Dear Mr. Henshaw for modern-day Mumbaikers.
November 19, 2013
A hopeful romance of casual encounters between two lonely people due to lunchbox delivered in error. The lunch delivery errors continue between these two strangers as a ruse for their correspondence via handwritten letters which grows their relationship. In a cultural society so traditionally steeped in gender roles, caste systems and familial obligations, this is a film that allows individuals a chance to dream for a more personally fulfilling relationship. Oftentimes, "getting on the wrong train will lead one to the right station" in life.
August 31, 2014
Loved it! Cannot explain The romantic fascination I have with India, but it just keeps getting greater... especially after watching movies like The Lunchbox.
August 25, 2014
What a terrific film!! One of the most touching, beautiful, romantic films I have seen a long time. It is not Bollywood and it is not Hollywood. It is in a class of it is own up there with the greats.
The story of two lost souls, a neglected housewife vying for her husband attention through his stomach, and a jaded old widower who has given up on life and people. Two people cross paths through the one lunchbox that lost it way in otherwise an impeccable delivery system. Two people needed each other and their fate found a way so the can offer each other solace from their desperate situation.
Irfan Khan solidify his position as one of the greatest actors of our times, and Nimrat Kaur, a new discovery for me, is almost as amazing as he is. Director Ritesh Batra in his debut feature film offers a terrific story that is unsentimental yet magical. There is no holding hand or exposition in this film. It is an adult film that gives you enough to chew on but doesn't give you instant gratification or happily ever after, yet it leaves you with hope that the two of them will find happiness, may be! Do yourself a favor and watch this film, it is a gem and an instant classic. 4.5/5
August 22, 2014
Good picture. Great acting.
August 16, 2014
There's a reason I love foreign, independent cinema.
August 14, 2014
"We all seek some small measure of peace, and few of us ever find"...well crafted & directed with nothing new !
August 13, 2014
Loved this movie, great performances!
August 12, 2014
This movie will make you hungry. Be sure to pick up some Tikka Masala and Naan before viewing.
August 12, 2014
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August 11, 2014
Just like the lunch box, layers on top of each. A bit of regular life with a bit of extraordinary events, a bit loneliness with a bit of love, a bit of human connection and a bit of humorous reality, all packed into the lunch box.
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