The Lunchbox Reviews
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.
In the Indian film The Lunchbox (Dabba) we have two major characters Saajan play by Irrfan Khan (Slumndog Millionaire, Life of Pi) a nearly retired from accountant office who is grieving the dead of his wife and Illa play Nimrat Kaur who is a unsatisfied wife who is trying to reconquer her husband with food. The idea from Illa with the help of her aunt is cook the most wonderful dishes and send it to her husband using the service of Dabbawalas a messenger service who deliver lunches right at her husband office. By mistake the lunchbox is received by Saajan who enjoyed the food so much. After the second lunch Illa realize that her husband is not receiving the food, but is other person, and she decided to send a not with the lunchbox in order to find out who is the mysterious person who is enjoying Illa's cooking skill.
The film The lunchbox is hopeful, funny and represents a single love story, where both characters share personal thoughts about life and dreams. Is a true gem of Indian cinema.
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.