Director: Ritesh Batra
India / France / Germany / USA 2014
Hindi & English; 105 min.
Through her cooking, middle class housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another 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. An unexpected friendship unfolds between Ila and Saajan.
Alex Hunter, Daily Express: “Delicately judged, handsomely photographed and beautifully acted The Lunchbox marks an impressive debut from Ritesh Batra that is recommended to romantics of all ages.”
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: “The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen.”
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: “A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan.”