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Film Description


The Lunchbox

Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) stars alongside the radiant Nimrat Kaur in Ritesh Batra's delightful feature debut, in which a mistaken lunchbox delivery paves the way for an unlikely romance. In Mumbai, home to over 18 million people, more than 5,000 famously efficient dabbawallas — lunchbox couriers — navigate chaotic streets to deliver lunches, lovingly prepared by housewives, to working men across the city.

Ila (Kaur) is a housewife living in a middle- class neighbourhood with a husband who ignores her. Saajan (Khan) is a beaten down widower about to retire from his number-crunching job. After Ila realizes that Saajan is receiving the meals meant for her husband, the two begin sending each other letters through the lunchbox.

What starts as an innocent exchange about Ila's cooking gently develops into something more. Outside the space of their daily lives, both Ila and Saajan feel free to express themselves in new ways, leading them both to question how they might find happiness.

Batra's The Lunchbox paints a nuanced portrait of life in contemporary Mumbai, effortlessly weaving themes of gender values, social class, and generational differences into its core love story. Batra's beautifully penned characters — including Aslam (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), the eager trainee preparing to take over Saajan's job — and gentle, precise direction simply envelope you.

Whether it's the cooking of a meal, the reading of a letter, or the riding of a crowded train, the film's small moments culminate in big impact. In a word: enchanting.


"Food is enjoyed, lives are changed, and real passion—however chaste— is expressed. Batra has crafted a genuine crowd-pleaser." - Paul Ennis, NOW Magazine

"While films with this subject matter are often gooey at their core, The Lunchbox offers fully realized, tough-minded characters who just happen to be spicing up their lives with touches of humor and hints of mystery." - Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Year: 2013
Runtime: 104 minutes
Country: India
Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


Date Circuit Centre Location
April 23, 2014 Film Brockville
Galaxy Cinemas
Brockville, ON
April 24, 2014 Stittsville Rotary International Film Series
Empire Theatres Kanata
Stittsville, ON
April 24, 2014 Kitchen Stove Film Series
Penmar Cinema: Landmark Cinemas
Penticton, BC
April 27, 2014 Cobourg Northumberland Mall Theatres
Northumberland Mall Theatres
Cobourg, ON
April 27, 2014 Algoma International Film Association
Galaxy Theatre & Sault St. Marie College
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
April 28, 2014 FSJ Film Society
Aurora, Landmark Theatre
Fort St. John, BC
April 28, 2014 Oakville Monday Night @ the Movies
Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill
Oakville, ON
May 01, 2014 Cambridge Galleries Cineseries
Galaxy Cinemas
Cambridge, ON
May 07, 2014 Film Circuit Saint John
Studio 10, Empire Theatres
Saint John, NB
May 07, 2014 Lunenburg County Film Series
Bridgewater Studio 7
Bridgewater, NS
May 08, 2014 North of Superior Film Association
Silvercity Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, ON
May 08, 2014 CERF Niagara
Cineplex Odeon Seaway Mall
Welland, ON
May 08, 2014 Prince Rupert Communtiy Arts Council
Prince Rupert Cinema
Prince Rupert, BC
May 12, 2014 Reel Movie Monday
Carnival Theatres
Red Deer, AB
May 12, 2014 Collingwood Cinema Club
Galaxy Cinemas
Collingwood, ON
May 12, 2014 Gallery Night at the Movies
Galaxy Cinemas - Owen Sound
Owen Sound, ON
May 14, 2014 Films in the Valley
Atlantic Cinemas
Woodstock, NB
June 03, 2014 King's Theatre Film Society
Kings Theatre
Annapolis Royal, NS
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