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Nothing takes my breath away (in films, more than elsewhere) like simplicity. And this simple thing is such a rarity in Hindi films these days. Just watching the trailer of The Lunchbox felt like an enriching, refreshing experience.
I do realise, there are still things that could go wrong, like the story could fall flat. There's a very high chance of the narrative getting repetitive. And that's where the cast gets to take over, right? While we are accustomed to nothing but the best from Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur too looks like she has a performance worth looking forward to. Her voiceover communicates more than many lead actresses faces can.
That makes another first for me - being okay with a voiceover. So, all this anticipation just means that I am really looking forward to being floored
- meeta, a part of the audience
After a certain stage in a relationship, most likely, there is comfort or stagnancy. In either case, you need an extra spark, something to look forward to. The apprehension; the spring in the step; the glint in the eye that a new relationship brings - that's what The Lunchbox is about. And more.
Like any other relationship, Ila-Fernandes relationship is as much about the two individuals as it is about the relationship itself. Sure, the chemistry builds up beautifully, without one setting an eye on the other. But, their personal insecurities, frustrations is what makes The Lunchbox stand apart from most other films.
Moreover, the whole package is breathtakingly simple. The one-line plot, the characters, the ambiance, the situations, the humor would make even the most city-bred in the audience believe that a middle-class world like this exists, as much as it ever did, even today.
The one-liner "what if" - what if the well-known lunchbox system went wrong one day and put two lonely souls in touch with each other? How fascinating an idea! Of the thousands of possibilities, the one writer/director Ritesh Batra picks is as charmingly old-school as it gets.
The characters he picks to put together are mere faces in the crowd of 20 million. Ordinary, uninteresting - most likely, you and me. The side characters, including the neighbor oldie (Bharti Achrekar) you don't see, are given quirks that are thoroughly enjoyable, even if not real.
You don't root for any of the characters, you just play along and are willing to go wherever the story takes you. There is no arc. There is no significant peak in the story. The simple progress of conversations between Ila and Fernandez is enough to keep you going. Each one is special; just like each conversation of a budding relationship is dear.
Yet, none of it, not a thing would've been acceptable if it weren't for Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur. Let alone the slightest show of spark or disappointment in their eyes, the variation in the tone for their voice-overs is enough to inspire awe. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a charmer as always.
The most obvious character in the film is one I am biased towards - Mumbai. Any film that reminds me of the sights, the smells, the energy of that city has won me over in the first scene. In complete contrast to this buzzing city is, ever so slow-paced, The Lunchbox. A beautiful contrast which could get to you if you are waiting for something to happen.
So, depending on your make and what you seek in your films, the climax can be exhilarating or underwhelming. I was bang in between, even though I cannot see a more fitting end to the film. That's what will make or break the film for you.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The Lunchbox is seemingly simple yet as complex as all human beings are. It’s sad yet throws up humour when you are least expecting it. It’s not larger than life, it’s just as large as life always is. This film is truly sensational... full review
Thumbs up, by Bobby Singh, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...a must watch movie for sure for its fabulous performances and for that one strong voice full of positivity from the above, which has no visible face like the Supreme Power.... full review
Thumbs up, by Namrata Thakker , Bollywood Life : ...If you are looking to watch a masala entertainer then The Lunchbox won’t appeal to you. But if meaningful cinema is your craving then this is one film you wouldn’t want to miss... full review
Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar , Daily Bhaskar : ...debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra remarkably scripts a story of loneliness that affects the best of us living in the world’s most crowded cities.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...The Lunchbox is a wonderful film with splendid performances by Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. This movie is definitely worth devouring for breakfast, lunch and dinner... full review
Thumbs up, by Harshada Rege , DNA : ...But ensure that you eat well before you head for the movie, or else be prepared to deal with the hunger pangs everytime Irrfan opens The Lunchbox.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rahul Gangwani, Filmfare : ...To sum it up, The Lunchbox is one of the best films to come out from Hindi film industry. It takes us a notch higher. Do yourself a favour and watch this film. And you are warned… you will be hungry for good food and love after the end credits roll.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...here are plenty of moments to treasure in The Lunchbox, and they’re all small and delicately crafted. Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/the-lunchbox-review-its-the-most-optimistic-film-of-the-year-1121989.html?utm_source=ref_article... full review
Thumbs up, by FPJ Bureau, Free Press Journal : ...This is feel-good cinema, infinitely touching and enchanting in its spiel and in my opinion is India’s best bet for the foreign film category at the Oscars besides ‘Ship of Theseus’. This is never-to-be-missed cinema!... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Treat yourself to 'The Lunchbox' - it'll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/the-lunchbox-review-itll-leave-you-with-a-craving-to-seek-your-own-little-happiness/423546-47-84.html?utm_source=ref_article... full review
Thumbs up, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...While being an immensely enjoyable and competent film, the universality of The Lunchbox tends to exclude its setting’s all-important provinciality. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...The film has a fuzzy, heart-melting feeling to give you through the two-odd hour duration. The famous spirit of Mumbai couldn't have been captured better than this. Don't miss it... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Simple, sweet and yet with a tinge of sadness, The Lunchbox is worth savouring. - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/21089/the-lunchbox#sthash.bBEutFV0.dpuf... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? Well for all those who love meaningful, feel good, artistic, realistic, performance based type of films this movie is a must watch for all of you... full review
Thumbs up, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ... One of the best films to come out of India in a long time, director Ritesh Batra answers the question in his little masterpiece, The Lunchbox. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Nimrat Kaur is clearly a bundle of natural talent that Hindi cinema will do well do draw upon whenever a role demands more than just eye-candy appeaL... full review
Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...The Lunchbox is a rare gem wrapped carefully in a mundane tiffin-box. Ever thought the simplest of things in life could be so charming and endearing? ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Batra, who has also written The Lunchbox, has allowed his smashing actors tremendous room to improvise, all the while himself sketching in nuanced details about the city, its food-ferriers, and the many disparities Mumbai is crammed with.... full review
Thumbs up, by Resham Sengar, Zee News : ...Clearly, ‘The Lunchbox’ is a wholesome affair – one that shows how it feels when mundane seems magic and attempts to explore the concept of age bar in love... full review
Thumbs up, by Resham Sengar, Zee News : ...Clearly, ‘The Lunchbox’ is a wholesome affair – one that shows how it feels when mundane seems magic and attempts to explore the concept of age bar in love.... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...As the film says, sometimes the wrong train can take you to the right destination. Will the wrongly delivered letter eventually take Ila and Saajan to Bhutan, literally and metaphorically? And together at that? Watch and find out... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Watching Irrfan and Nawazuddin in the same frame is a treat. As the new recruit who is to take on Sajjan's job in the Claims Department, Nawazuddin is annoying to the point of being likeable. Nimrat is just perfect for this role and she dishes out every scene with brilliance rarely seen in someone so new. She is like this last 'dash' of sugar you add in a dish to give it that extra punch! ... full review
YuvaRevolution: Review Time : "THE LUNCHBOX" Movie Club Rating : ★★★★ Two of my favourite actors and currently one of the... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=616676661716075&l=2d41d16849
WorldwideBO: If U Love Classic Movies???? Dont Miss '' The LunchBox '' All critics Ratings are 5/5 or 4/5 #Mayur
v_anandm: So The Lunchbox...poignant, effortless acting and enough boxes for us to open and look into.
vishyblues: If movies are made to thrill, entertain, laugh. 'Lunch Box' is made to last. my review 4.5/5 http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/review/17864.html
vishukumar2011: The Lunch box will be a strong nominee for Oscar.
VinayNBathija: I can watch the #LunchBox over and over and over and over again :D
Vijaynarain: Despite three tremendous actors and a great first half, the Lunch Box tapers out into a pseudo intellectual trying too hart to be cool movie
vidyaranji: Agreee"@DrMing918: So, must watch movie for the week is The Lunchbox! Comes highly recommended."
vaibhav_itsme: "Lunch Box" was gud...ending was left to us
unopenedbottle: and this weekend, go watch The Lunchbox
TheSaintKopite: The Lunchbox - Simple yet brilliant. Don't miss it.
thatmumbaichick: Last few week had terrible Bollywood relieses. The Lunch Box is such a refereshing wave. We need to support the right kinda cinema.
swanandkirkire: The Lunch Box for @nimratkaur13 Nawazuddin Siddiqui the @irfankhan Director & lovely Writing.he Lunch Box For an awesome appetite Burp !!
Superneha83: "The Lunchbox" was really good. Entertaining and beautifully captured. #bollywood
sunnydubey606: If u love story's in movies...den u must watch the lunchbox movie.....its realllly awesome.....great work by nawazuddin n irfan khan.....
sukh__D: Lunch box movies ever good . Nimrit kaur yu rocks
SRKswarrior1: Lunch Box /m\ Irfan Khan phir le jayega saare awards
snape_lunch_box: Just had my mind blown. Wow. That was amazing. #dance @kateweare
shrutiroa: Oh! By the way, I saw Lunch Box today...and I came out feeling fully satisfied (see what I did there?)
shriramiyer0614: "The Lunchbox" offers food for the soul...Go watch it for IRRFAN KHAN...:)
shivom_oza: I thought Dhobi Ghat was a more moving film than The Lunchbox. Not that the latter was not good! :)
sharathnmurthy: On a rating of 5, The Lunch box gets 4 and Phata poster... gets the other 1... sigh! #ShootAtSight http://twitter.com/sharathnmurthy/status/381012995129614336/photo/1
Shantanukatkar: 'The Lunchbox' is a kind of a movie that touches right to the heart. My Favorite Love story of the Year.
Self_Hyped: Okay where ever you are, go watch The Lunchbox. It's just.... amazing. COMPLETELY BLOWN OFF!
sandeshgoa: 'Lunch Box' is mind boggling. No nonsense. Varied facets of human relations shown with such fineness. Nothing out of box, 'real box' cinema!
sandeep_modi: Saw the #lunchbox,a little gem about love. But the real chemistry is betwn @irrfan_k n nawaz! Brilliant! My Best actors in india currently..
r_yermal: The lunchbox. Watch it.
ritutomar: Seriously...100 Claps and 1000 Whistles for THE LUNCHBOX.....Fab Movie...Irfan best actor in our country..Suitable Candidate for Even Oscars
RishabhSomani: The lunchbox has released for those who have epitite for good movies!!
rikantpitti: The Lunchbox - an offbeat film displaying a lighter & softer romance that can truly touch the core of your heart
rich_eyy: The Lunchbox - a must watch! Wow what performances and characterizations! #sokedinemotions #irrfankhan you amaze me each time #Bollywood
ReemaBolke: The Lunch box beautiful movie but an inappropriate end
rajeevsubzero: lunch box..अवेसोमे मूवी।
PxDx: Watched Tonight - The Lunch Box.. Classic Movie, meant for classy Film lovers.
PindropViolnce: Watched The Lunchbox. Such an amazing movie. Movies like these,you just don't want them to end.Irrfan,Nawazuddin,Nimrat, Take a bow !
PhejiPhalghunan: Irrfan Khan's Lunch Box is like a scrumptious meal doled out with dollops of love. Nimrat Kaur and Nawazzudin lends excellent support.
pavitra_D: The Lunchbox...simple story told so beautifully by ritesh batra.leaves you aching for the charecters & their struggles.
paramparatweets: The #Lunchbox for goodness. The perfect recipe of rich healthy cinema.
paragchhapekar: Lunch box is also a must watch film what a cinema . Irfaan bhai,nawab and imrat are powerful actors https://www.facebook.com/parag.chhapekar/posts/10151663736441239
pallavisukumar: Lunch box is a great film. What a debut.
Nitinsathyaa: Wowww. . Wholesome appreciation for lunch box!!!! Irfan the man.....
nirmit_247: Lunch box. .a different n great execution.
neetsethia: The lunchbox : a common man fairy tale. ... A masterpiece...
nasibaba: The Lunchbox - good food, but without any dessert...
nabeel_sultan: The lunchbox! Sounds interesting...and tasty :P @karanjohar
mystellin: Uff... so cute @nimratkaur13 n @irrfan_k ... lovin every second of the lunchbox
mukulrana: Go watch The Lunchbox ASAP!
mufeedsays: The Lunchbox - a brilliant insight into the life of the middle class in Bombay...a true masterpiece
MrMakharia: The #Lunchbox. Simple,yet poignant and powerful. Makes you feel lost and happy at the same time. Brilliant acting @irrfan_k. Big fan.
mgopi96: Very rarely does a film transcend national and international boundaries ! The Lunchbox it is ! Go watch it
MananSehgal: Lunch Box, as expected, is a beautifully made subtle movie. A perfect combination of good writing and devout performances.
mallikajamy: The Lunchbox is a must watch movie...loved it <3
lovely56761436: The lunch box.. Must be delicious...!!!!!
LFC_Pranav: Some good movies this weekend: The Lunchbox (5/5!!!), Fruitvale Station (3.5/5) and Rush (3.5/5)
lazygarfield: Liked THE LUNCHBOX quite a bit. Slice-of-life stories are rarely this perceptive, heartwarming or, well, lifelike.
krnsir60: The lunchbox movie is totally surprising Gives u unique flavour of emotions n bittersweet feelings. Total reality in small DABBA
krishnashakthi: The Lunchbox is a beautiful film..a wonderful love story..loved it!!
kaul_vivek: The Lunchbox is an absolutely delightful film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Irrfan Khan in the same frame are fantastic.....
Juuism: Do watch The Lunchbox, brilliant movie!!
joney9: How a "Lunch Box" plays a role of a cupid..Nice movie..worth watch.!
jagrajbal: Nimrat kaur such a great personality lunch box is great movie
iLostMyHandle: Saw The Lunchbox ..loved it and now after two hours i realised that the lovers never came face to face in the movie..scratching my head now!
iamnitinrana: Lunch box review... What a film.... its awesome , its blossom , its very very very very real , and too... https://www.facebook.com/shikaritheheartrobber/posts/10200145548316282
iamjignesh7: Phata Poster Nikla Hero & The Lunch Box Both Are Awesome Movie Must Watch.
HarshalBhandare: The lunchbox : movie worth to watch for n no of times.. Screenplay, camera-work & acting of irrfan khan, siddique & namrita speechless..
gulrayz: What a delightful movie. This. The Lunch Box running house full at Inox, Nariman Point. Audiences are loving it and HOW. A Must Watch!!
gond90: Wana watch a gud movie this weekend ...go for # the Lunch Box
glennforever: Let's applaud a good Bollywood film that isn't ripped off from anywhere. The #LUNCHBOX
gaurangmotta: The lunchbox - a beautiful love story highlighting the truths of the life we live !! Alone & empty at times, searching for peace & happiness
FauziaFauzqkhan: Delicious anticipation for Lunch Box!
dosti_etc: Love can happen twice, sometimes thrice, sometimes even more times... The Lunch Box... Must Watch Movie...
doc_sk: 'The Lunchbox' - delicious, soul-satisfying cinema with incredible portraits by irrfan ,nimratkaur . Fall in love.
dixitanizer7: Lunch box - Restored my faith in bollywood..
direstraits_: The Lunchbox was excellent. Loved it. Nimrat Kaur is enchanting as Ila. Go watch!
dinesh3333: Lunch box is a nice watch!!!
digibberish: Lunch box. Subtle. Beautiful. Irfan. Thanks @irrfan_k
dhairya2184: The #lunchbox - like a well cooked meal, you need to savor each and every frame. Irrfan khan is phenomenally outstanding.
Dev_Sayss: I really lived in The Lunch box movie ..Heart warming and @irrfan_k "great job take a bow" A must Watch
CineMagik: Still can't get The Lunchbox out of my head. Love happened when Saajan wrote to Ila <3
Bondbo007: The Lunchbox may be and must be making its way to the Oscars :))
BeingBhargv: #the lunchbox @karanjohar tifin me se jese chithi niklti h waise aaj hindi movie industry ke tifin me ek best movie nikli.....
Bawli_Booch: An astonishing accomplishment. Brilliant. Must watch. The Lunchbox Four and half on Five
AvyayaMedicon: Lunch box. Delicious.
ashu391: Lunch Box.. delicious one... a touching movie though.. :)
ashk418: Lunch box best served movie ....no loud Punjabi music no gloss...sweet subtle real life....served by 3 amazing actors..
aniketmukherjee: Lunch box.... what a film.
aniketdatt: the magnificence of the lunchbox.
Andeehyderabadi: Iss Lunch Box se dil khush ho gaya
am_hassi: The Lunch Box is one of best movies in all CINEMA not only in BW @irrfan_k sir u r a School of Acting..!! Much Natural..Heart warming a MUST
AkashdeepSaxena: The Lunchbox is Indian cinema at its best! Just over 100 minutes long, it doesn't take you even 5 to delve... https://www.facebook.com/akashdeep.saxena/posts/10153307748390164
AdityaShukla38: Superb movie and awesome performance by Irrfan khan in Lunch box...talent is what Irrfan Khan is..
Abhitkhurana: "The Lunchbox".. I would call it as an art movie which has some splendid chemistry topped up with some mind... https://www.facebook.com/abhit.khurana/posts/10153263287030497
abhigyanbalyan1: Guys dont miss lunch box awesome movie luv u @karanjohar nd @irfankhan
4JIT: Just watched The Lunchbox. Beautiful movie. Must watch for all movie buffs.
abhikprasad: So who else was a bit underwhelmed by the #lunchbox ? Wondering how else it could have ended better. Great effort nonetheless .
ayush_pandey3: The lunch box was ended so abruptly..... Disappointed.... #THELUNCHBOX
abhishekkkapoor: Just finished #Lunch Box..not et al a #kjo #utv movie..not recmnded for weekend nights..ok for sunday noon on DD..made for #critic & #oscar.
Not Interested in Watching, by Fan : Fasting would be better than eating this stale meal
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : Watch it for its simplicity and its close to heart theme
Yay! Thumbs Up, by guddu : Lunchbox
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Nishant Wadhwa : The one not to be missed even if not on big screen.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Raj : Media over-rated a good movie; surely not for Oscars!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Samir
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman
Yay! Thumbs Up, by YouthTimes : ‘The Lunchbox’ is delicious and delightful!
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