Film: The Lunchbox

Director: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Irrfan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur, Bharati Achrekar

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Critically acclaimed, "The Lunchbox" seems to be a tasty delight for the viewers especially the middle-class audience who will much relate themselves with the story. Featuring Irrfan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, the film is being promoted and released by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.
The film has already carved a niche in the film festival circuit. It has received huge success at international film festivals and even bagged the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award also known as Grand Rail d'Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The budget of the film has not been revealed. However, it has not been made on a high budget. "I cannot reveal the budget of the film. All I can say is that it is a low-medium budget film. It is a small film," Vivek Rangachari of DAR Motion Pictures, one of the co-producers of the movie, said.
It has been presented by filmmaker Karan Johar and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga, among others.

Story line:
Cadbury girl Nimrat Kaur plays a doting housewife, Ila, who is trying to catch her husband’s attention by packing tasty meals for him for lunch.

One day, the lunchbox (dabba) gets exchanged and reaches an elderly gentleman played by Irrfan Khan (Saajan Fernandez), who is on the brink of retirement and is a widower. Thus starts an understated love story between the two, whose ending may not be as one desired but it leaves one with hope and faith in love.

Nawazuddin Siddique plays a chirpy, young man, Aslam, who has been hired to replace Saajan at the office. Ila’s dabba makes Saajan to come closer to Aslam.

Stars’ speak

Irrfan feels that the story is so good that it will not only remind viewers of real love, but satiate their appetite too.

"The film is a complete dish. It increases your hunger, both stomach's and your heart's. So it's a complete meal," the 46-year-old said in an interview.

"The director's style of telling the story is fresh and new. It inspires you to fall in love, something that people are forgetting these days. Love is becoming mechanical and need-oriented. The film reminds you of the real love that exists," he added.

Actress Nimrat Kaur, who makes her debut in Bollywood with ‘The Lunchbox’, says the film has the potential to make a place in the viewer's system.

"The film slowly makes a place in your system. There is a huge space in the film for the audience to enter...," Nimrat said in an interview.

"There is a lovely sensation, which I felt when I saw the film for the second time because the first time I got completely lost in it. So it will appeal to anybody," she added.

From the Director

“The Lunchbox”, Ritesh Batra's feature directorial debut, has been appreciated at several international festivals including Toronto and Cannes. Batra believes the movie being liked by international audience as it is specific to India.

“The film has been liked so much because it is very local and India-specific and honest to the details about India. It’s so local that’s why it’s universal,” Batra, who hopes the movie will do well in India too, said.


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