The Lunchbox is a romance drama film written and directed by Ritesh Batra. It is his directorial debut film.
The film revolves around Ila (Nimrat Kaur), a young housewife, trying to seek her husband’s attention by cooking delicious lunch for him. But a mistaken delivery of her lunchbox connects her to Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a widower who is about to retire from his job as an accountant. When they both realize that the Lunchbox is being delivered at the wrong address, they start communicating by sending letters in The Lunchbox. And eventually, together they build the fantasy world out of the void and grief in their life. At work, Saajan is tasked with training his replacement, Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who initially annoys Saajan, but later becomes his friend.
The film sets in the raw plain of Mumbai – a noisy city of dreams, with local trains, fast and busy life (which usually can be seen in the Bollywood’s gangster genre films). But, the creators have done a great job of weaving such a heartfelt story into it. The film has brilliant writing and direction. The film has been shot beautifully and has captured the soul of the city. The performances by all the three leads in the film are outstanding. Especially, hands down to Irrfan Khan, the little nuances and subtlety in his acting, his body language, and his expressive eyes. He never misses to amaze you. And, his chemistry with Nimrat and Nawazuddin seems so real. I also liked the little details and moments in the film which gave depth to the characters. And, it made me feel for them. I don’t want to mention those details here, as I would like you to experience it.
Irrfan was the finest actor India ever had. And, the demise of Irrfan is a great loss to the Indian film industry. The film was on my list. But, I’m happy that I’ve watched the film this late. Because, now, I can appreciate and understand the performances, the characters, the story, and artsy films like this. And, if you want to give a perfect tribute to Irrfan, then this is the film you should go for.
Can you fall in love with someone you have never met?
Verdict : A heartfelt and fitting film to experience Irrfan’s acting muscles.
Rating : 4.2/5
Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJxLudSPxsQ