Great Screenplay, Excellent Direction, Brilliantly Acted By Irrfan Nawaz & Nimrat.
Mature love story. Unconventional. overall, outstanding. Great acting performence. Superb.
So what's so delicious inside The Lunchbox that everyone recommends to have a bite of it? Well, I could think of only one comparison i.e. it's like delicious home-made food on which this movie is based. Like home made food, it's all about the taste of the food which comes out when your mother or your wife or your sister cooks it with their unconditional love. It's not about flashy ambiance where food is served or expensive utensils in which food is served. So, The Lunchbox has lot of taste in small moments of love and sadness. The characters, locations, dialogs, atmosphere are all straight from the real life. The three lead actors Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in their superlative performances wear their characters like they wear their clothes. First half lights up with good blend of humor and emotions but like not all the time home-made food ends with sweet desert, so the movie also goes the unanticipated hard way and leave you to embrace its bitter sweet ending. All in all, Ritesh Batra's first cinematic dish is delicious but leaves you hungry at the end wanting for more.
If you have experienced life in Mumbai, then you would easily connect with The lunchbox.
It takes you into a journey of two lives which are completely different and yet so similar.Their interactions through notes hidden inside a lunchbox not only talk about food but a lot more about life, what has been missed and what can be gained to get happiness.
There is a lot of humour too ...courtesy Nawazuddin. He fits into the character of being Irrfan's junior in his office so well.He claims that he is an orphan but gives statements like "meri ammi kehti hain.." by reasoning that such statements have more power(dumm) then "meri ammi kehti theen..."
Irrfan is a christian widower staying alone in his old house with no one to speak to and he finds joy only in relishing the lunchbox he receives everyday. Expressions on his face are so natural that you really feel what he feels.
Nimrat kaur has been good in her debut movie.She is a homemaker in the movie and speaks to her friend - deshpande aunty (who stays above her flat) through her kitchen window.
Dabbawallas have also given their shots for this movie. In one scene, a dabbawalla argues with Nimrat that "Harvard wale log study karke gaye aur England ke raja ko bhi hamara kaam achcha laga to apko kaise problem hai?"
Movie will make you laugh,cry, think and will also make you very hungry.
Do not miss this masterpiece!
Sometimes even the wrong train can take you to the right destination.
I'm going with five out of five for 'The Lunchbox' which leaves you with open ending, but one that also nicely sums up its unique premise with hell lots of nerves running with mixed thoughts in mind.