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The Lunchbox

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Ritesh Batra

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About the Movie

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in their virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 102
  • Fresh: 98
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Warm, and warmly predictable. – John Anderson, Newsday, Mar 27, 2014

Fresh: "What do we live for?" is the question that pops up in The Lunchbox, a romance set in Mumbai. The film, a first feature from Ritesh Batra, aims to offer a meaningful answer: We live, ideally, for love. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mar 21, 2014

Fresh: "The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All meals should be this satisfying. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Mar 28, 2014

Fresh: "The Lunchbox" is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar 27, 2014

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Customer Reviews


I love this movie.


It's a very beautiful love story. The leads in movie learnt about each other day by day.

Well done!

For some time, I have been drawn to novels and films based on the Indian culture. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to rent “The Lunchbox”. What a satisfying viewing experience! For as predictable as the plot at certain times, it was equally as unpredictable in others. A lovely quasi-anonymous romantic friendship evolved, minus our industry’s (American film) tendency to season films with gratuitous skin shots, premature sexual encounters and often times, violence. Perhaps the highlight of this film was realizing that the two central characters achieved not necessarily what was wanted by both, but what was needed by both: self-discovery. The type of self-discovery that can only be compared to “…the wrong train pulling into the right station.” I absolutely adored this film. To those viewers who may be hesitant regarding subtitled films, no worries. Approximately
one-half of this film is spoken in English. You will be glad you rented this film.

The Lunchbox
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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