The Lunchbox is an Indian epistolary romantic film written and directed by Ritesh Batra, and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, and Arun Rangachari. The film was jointly produced by various studios including UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, DAR motion pictures, NFDC (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Films (France), and the Cine Mosaic (United States). It stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The film was released in India, U.S., and U.K. on September 20, 2013.
The Lunchbox Movie Review:
Review By: Rajeev Masand (CNN IBN: IBNLive), Rating 5/5
I’m going with five out of five for ‘The Lunchbox’. The greatest love stories are the ones that make you root for the protagonists to come together, despite their destinies. This film illustrates how love transforms the unlikeliest of people; it breaks down Saajan’s walls and gives Ila the courage to fly. Treat yourself to ‘The Lunchbox’ – it’ll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness. The best film I’ve seen in a long time.(link)
Review By: Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama), Rating 4/5 A well-told old-fashioned romance, THE LUNCHBOX gracefully unknots the trials, tribulations, fears and hopes of everyday people sans the glamour that the city of Mumbai has become synonymous with. On the whole, THE LUNCHBOX is a standout film, a sumptuous treat that’s sure to be relished by connoisseurs of cinema. A film with a big heart, it makes you realize that you can unearth contentment and pleasure even if you board the wrong train. Easily one of the finest films to come out of India.(link)
Review By: Anupama Chopra,Star World ( Hindustan Times), Rating 4/5 The Lunchbox is my favorite love story of the year. It’s sweet, sad and deeply aching. Debutant director Ritesh Batra captures the fragility of life, the harrowing loneliness that a metropolis like Mumbai fosters, the hope of happiness that glimmers and enables us to go on. The Lunchbox is poignant and powerful. It will make you laugh and cry. And it will also make you hungry – I was dying to eat paneer kofta and bhindi when it finished. I’m going with four stars and absolutely insisting that you see it.(link)
Review By: Srijana Mitra Das ,Times Of India (TOI), Rating 4.5/5 The Lunchbox has levels – it is the story of a man so lonely, he’s forgotten what any companionship means. It is the story of a suburban housewife, deeply alone. It is the story of meeting via eating. It is a love-story – and a love-letter to Mumbai, to trains that go dhak-dhak, to dabbawalas and rain, to love and life, sugar and spice, the despair and hope that mark every heart.Its finesse qualifies this charmer as India’s potential entry to the Oscars, The Lunchbox an unusual banquet, raising a bitter-sweet toast to life. Note: You may not like this movie if you don’t like softly spiced whimsical tales – or food.(link)
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