100 Word Review – The Lunchbox (2013)

This is a beautiful understated example of modern Indian filmmaking.

Ila (Nimrat Kaur) sends her husband lunch to work every day with the famous infallible Mumbai lunchbox delivery service. In an attempt to kick-start her marriage she puts a message in the box, which reaches bachelor Saajan (Irrfan Khan).

Written and directed by Ritesh Batra, it is a wonderful film about the power of the written word and rediscovering ourselves through food. It is romantic, underplayed and brilliantly done, with superb leads and an excellent supporting cast. It has won 28 awards including a BAFTA and been nominated for a further 37.


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