The Lunchbox

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India | 2013 | 104 Minutes | Ritesh Bitra

August 18, 2014

In this tasty, subtle romance a Mumbai office worker (Irrfan Khan) is delivered the wrong lunch by a dabbawala, and finds a note from young housewife (Nimrat Kaur), leading to an unlikely correspondence that will change both of their lives.

Middle class housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage by preparing a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work. Unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between the two strangers, and by corresponding solely through notes and food they share little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, hopes, and dreams.

"A feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"This long-distance love story is comfort food in any language." - William Goss,

  • Director: Ritesh Bitra
  • Principal Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Country: India
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 104 Minutes
  • Website: Official Movie Website
  • Language: Hindi, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classic