||Casts: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur
Banner: Utv Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions , DAR Motion Pictures, Sikhya Entertainment
Director: Ritesh Batra
Producer: Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, Arun Rangachari
Writers: Ritesh Batra
Music: Max Richter
Release Date: 20th September 2013
Story line: The film set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery in dabbawala (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between an about to retire, Sudeep, also a lonely widower and an unhappy housewife, Ila as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox. “The Lunchbox” is a story that revolves around two main characters a house wife, Ila & an office worker on the verge of retirement, Saajan. Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. Unknowing to her is that the special lunchbox she prepared has been mistakenly delivered to an office worker Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship.
Facts And Figures:
·Movie is 104 min long, which reduces the chance of it being dragged. Budget of this movie is moderate Rs 15 crore.
·This directorial debut film was screened at International Critics’ Week at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and later won the Critics Week Viewer’s Choice Award also known as Grand Rail d’Or. It is scheduled to be shown at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
·Lunch box is Ritesh Batra’s debut film. Before Lunch box he had made short films like Café Regular, Cairo , Gareeb Nawaz’s Taxi and The Morning Ritual.`
My Gut Feel and comments:
Plot of this movie is fresh and story seems to be engaging. Promos are depicting an honest effort by the creative team. It appears to be a realistic film maintaining entertainment spark. Star cast is impressive and film should connect with the audience from the very first frame. Now with Dharma production and Utv motion pictures associating with this film, it would increase the scale of the film and would allow it reach out to a larger audience.
With a fresh plot and promising performances I am bound to give these movie 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, five days before the release.