The Lunchbox

Be warned: Do not go to this film hungry. There are several scenes of mouth-watering Indian food being prepared, cooked and eaten. Food is the center of this quaint and charming film that takes place in Mumbai. Sajaan (Irrfan Khan) is a widower only days away from retiring from his dull office job. The employees pay for a lunch service delivered by bike courier from restaurants and residences. As the film opens, Sajaan mistakenly receives an intricate lunchbox full of delicious-looking food made with care and love by Ila, who prepared it for her neglectful husband. Sajaan and Ila begin sending notes through the lunchbox daily, starting something of a food affair, and this leads to the couple opening up to each other in new and inventive ways. Newcomer Ritesh Batra is more than a capable director; this film could have turned to paneer in lesser hands.



  • Ritesh Batra


  • Irrfan Khan
  • Nimrat Kaur
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Denzil Smith
  • Bharati Achrekar
  • Nakul Vaid
  • Lillete Dubey
  • Yashvi Nagar


  • Arun Rangachari
  • Anurag Kashyap
  • Guneet Monga
  • Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • Irrfan Khan
  • Ritesh Batra

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