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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: 97
  • Fresh: 93
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A humanist fable from India, the film is actually a romance in the classic tradition, a "Brief Encounter" transposed to the rhythms and flavors of modern-day Mumbai. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Mar 20, 2014

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

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Customer Reviews

Fresh and inspiring!

A nice and poetic film, a bit funny as well. Is refreshing to find a film that leaves you with a good feeling, something rare lately...

The Lunchbox

An apparently sweet story. But, for those of us who do not speak or understand the Indian language, it would have been nice to have subtitles. Two thirds of the dialogue, including important personal discussions, were in Indian. Very frustrating.

Potential for being great

This looked like a great movie, even just by seeing the trailers. Had the subtitles worked I think I would have rated it higher and enjoyed it much more.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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