The Lunchbox

Saajan is a taciturn, middle-aged widower about to take early retirement. Ila is a young housewife caught in a loveless marriage. One day the lunchbox that Ila sends to her husband via Mumbai’s celebrated delivery system accidentally starts going to Saajan. Ila and Sajaan begin sending secret handwritten notes to one another via the lunchbox, until the day that they decide it is time for them to meet. Deftly avoiding trite sentimentality, this is an utterly charming and poignant romantic drama.

The Lunchbox (2013)




Hindi and English, with English subtitles




Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra was born in India in 1979. He studied Economics at Drake University in the US before going on to study film. The Lunchbox (2013), which he also wrote, is his first film as a director. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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