Flash Movie Review: The Lunchbox

It only took a couple of dates and I knew there was something special going on. There was an easy laughter and a nice flow of bantering between us. I was enjoying the direction both of us were going, into a possible relationship. However, suddenly a detour appeared in the middle of our road; they were being assigned to a work detail that would take them out of state anywhere from 6 to 12 months. We were so new to each other that we decided not to place any pressures on ourselves and to let fate play a hand in this new direction. Not only did we stay in touch by phone after the move, we started up a dialog that was carried out by cards and emails. Being a big fan of greeting cards, I had bought a huge stack of different types of cards and began a process of mailing at least 1 to 2 cards a week. I did not know if it was the cards that sparked our way of communicating, but the cards and emails took on a deeper level of emotional depth. I was allowing myself to be more vulnerable in the things I was writing, while the correspondence I was getting had a new flirty flavor that was intoxicating to me. Though we did not have traditional date nights, we both began to feel a special bond between us. In this dramatic romantic film I loved the way a simple mistake was able to unlock a person’s buried feelings. Nimrat Kaur (One Night with the King, Peddlers) played neglected housewife Ila. Using Mumbai’s lunchbox delivery system every day to send a meal to her husband’s office, one day her prepared meal was accidentally given to office worker Saajan Fernandes, played by Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man). Confused at first, the scrumptious packaged meal was a special treat for Saajan. With the start of a simple thank you note with the containers, a written dialog began between the two strangers. This delicate film festival winning movie carefully layered the story out from scene to scene. I enjoyed the clever way the writers used the character Shaikh, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur), to play off of Saajan as his new replacement. The pacing tended to be slow at times but I did not mind it. A little more editing could have solved it. This film was such a sweet treat in the way it conveyed its message, showing me how there are no rules when it comes to love. The dialog was in Hindi with English subtitles.


3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 14, 2014, in Foreign and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Good read, it certainly is a very good movie, I had seen it a few months back 🙂

  2. Hmmmm – I like how you opened this up – but the only thing that made me a little sad was if she got together with the guy that was not her husband. I have not seen the movies yet (and may get to) but it sounds like some rules were broken – like break up with one guy before you flirt with someone else – because that intimate flirt is a form of cheating (in my humble opinion that is – and even if her husband is a neglectful putz – well she still should have been true to the guy she made a commitment to – unless she did and I misunderstood the review…)

    • Thank you for coming by and leaving your comments. Since I try to give as little information about the movie story so a person can walk in and experience the entire film, all I will suggest to you is not to assume the obvious. If you get to see this delicate movie I would enjoy hearing your thoughts of it.

  3. An interesting theme, well presented!
    Regret could not reply to the other query earlier. The Bollywood movies where hero/heroine would hide their financial status – Naukar (Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar), Ghazini (Aamir Khan) immediately come to my mind.

  4. Sounds like a lovely movie.

  5. Un film che mi è piaciuto molto con ottimi attori e una trama delicata su una società che mi è così lontana. Il cibo da srmpre ha veicolato l amore. .

    • Buongiorno and thank you for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed this film and agree with you on the delicate plot and excellent actors. I always find it an honor to sit down and share a meal with a person. Thank you again for coming by, I appreciate it.

      • my pleasure. Srry for my not so fluent english which I understand quite well. I like some kind of movies from Bollywood. This one is nice and gentle in the way to the two unsatisfcted persons find love 😉
        ‘Le vie dell’amore sono infinite’


      • There is nothing you need to apologize for; you just making the effort to share your thoughts with me means a lot. Thank you.

  6. Great review. India should’ve sent this film as its Oscar contender last year. Along with being widely appreciated, it also garnered a lot of press at Cannes and was seen by a few Hollywood bigwigs. Instead they send same half-baked drivel known as “The Road”. I do feel sometimes that a bunch of jokers sit on my country’s jury board.

    • Oh yes, you are so right about this film should have been sent as the Oscar contender. Such a lovely sweet film and can you believe it is only playing at 3 theaters in the entire city. Gratefully one of the theaters was easy for me to reach and see this film. Thanks for the comments, I always appreciate your gentle kindness.

      • Glad to hear that the film was easily accessible to you.

        Like I had said, our jury board is made up of a bunch of jokers. Could be a case of internal politics too. Whatever may be the reason, ultimately India lost out on a golden chance of finally bagging a foreign language Oscar.

  7. Love your flash reviews. All I want is the synopsis usually, and your command of language is excellent! Good on you!

    • Thank you for coming be to tell me, I so appreciate it. I especially am glad to hear you are similar to me where we only want a quick synopsis of a film.

      • Indeed, sir. If one is going to review a film with a 150K budget, why harp on the poor folks about their lighting and dialog and acting ability? Save it for the big budget films.

      • I understand what you are saying. The budget is not my focus, but creativity is important to me. I have said in the past money cannot buy one good taste and intelligence.

  8. I like that actor. I like the way he deliver his lines.

  9. Now, I want to watch this movie, sounds (reads) very interesting.

  10. Nice review, I too really liked the movie, the subject, the acting…I’m glad Bollywood gives us a good, thoughtful movie once in a while.

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