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At the movies: The Lunchbox

May 29, 2014

The Lunchbox

Young housewife and mother Ila feels that she and her husband are drifting apart.  After all, he is either playing with his phone or watching TV when he’s home and he never comments on the food she prepares.  She works hard to fix him a good lunch and sends his lunchbox off with the dabbawala every day.  She’s excited when it finally comes back empty but when she mentions it to her husband it becomes clear that he received the wrong lunchbox.

Saajan pays a service to prepare him a lunch every day and somehow his lunches are becoming switched with Ila’s husband’s.  Ila and Saajan start sending notes to each other in the lunchbox and those notes spark dreams in both of them.

I really enjoyed The Lunchbox for the peek into Mumbai and it’s famous lunchbox system.  I found the scenes of the city, especially those with the dabbawala fascinating.  Parts of the movie are in English and others feature subtitles which can bother me, but it didn’t in this case.  The acting in the movie was terrific and the storyline was sweet but the movie struggled with pacing at times so it dragged for me in places.  Still, I think the movie is well worth watching and recommend renting it or watching on Netflix.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2014 5:32 am

    I’ve seen this movie and although very different from the usual Bollywood stuff, I thought it was quite entertaining. It did drag at places as you said, but overall very different concept.

  2. May 29, 2014 7:46 am

    I enjoyed the trailer. I did not know about the lunchbox system.

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 29, 2014 8:54 am

    Oooooooooooooooooo I want to see this. I don’t usually like tales that flirt with infidelity but this one seems so sweet. I love that something that is taken for granted by one person can be just what another needs. Great share.

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 29, 2014 8:56 am

    I BTW love the actor playing the man that receives the lunchbox accidentally.

  5. May 29, 2014 9:31 am

    I think I liked it better than you do. I agree with all of the positive things you said, but I also didn’t have a problem with pacing. I also agree with talesofwhimsy about the main actor. He’s good in everything he’s in. 3.5/4 for me.

  6. May 29, 2014 11:42 am

    I am not a movie fan but I also thought the dabbahwallah system fabulous. I watched a movie done by Harvard on this, because of the almost one hundred percent error free record.

  7. Patty permalink
    May 29, 2014 11:45 am

    Oooh…sounds interesting!

  8. May 29, 2014 11:59 am

    Wow, never heard of this movie before. Thanx for posting this. 🙂

  9. May 29, 2014 12:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of this movie but it sounds really good.

  10. May 29, 2014 1:51 pm

    I’m so glad you wrote about this film – I loved the trailer! I’m definitely going to be watching this one 🙂

  11. May 29, 2014 1:59 pm

    This sounds really good! The trailer is wonderful.

  12. May 29, 2014 3:10 pm

    Sounds good to me 🙂

  13. May 29, 2014 4:59 pm

    I’d planned to see this at the local Art Cinema last Friday and was so disappointed to find that it closed on Thursday! I’m hoping one of the other theaters in the area will show it, otherwise I’ll have to wait for Netflix.

  14. May 29, 2014 7:39 pm

    Wouldn’t that be nice to have a lunch system. When we were children we usually had rye bread for our sandwiches, and longed for white bread, if we had a system that may have happen sooner …

  15. May 30, 2014 7:35 pm

    The linch box system is new to me but looks like it makes for a good movie.

  16. May 31, 2014 2:02 am

    This movie sounds marvelous and the trailer is so cute. Added to my netflix queue!

  17. May 31, 2014 4:32 am

    I haven’t seen this movie advertised, but love the sound of it. A lunchbox system sounds fascinating!

  18. May 31, 2014 11:04 am

    I love Indian movies. I also love foodie movies. Thanks for sharing this!

  19. joyweesemoll permalink
    May 31, 2014 11:11 am

    This sounds like just the sort of movie we like. Added to the Netflix queue!

  20. May 31, 2014 11:32 am

    I really wanted to see this movie but missed it when it was in theaters. I’ll definitely be catching it on instant video when it comes out.

  21. May 31, 2014 2:48 pm

    I haven’t watched a movie in forever, but I’m curious about this “famous lunchbox system”. You’ve inspired me to Google it.

  22. May 31, 2014 3:33 pm

    Interesting movie! Cheers

  23. May 31, 2014 5:45 pm

    Sounds very interesting! I’ll check to see if Amazon has it.

  24. May 31, 2014 5:53 pm

    Sounds good. Will add to my Netflix queue. Thanks!

  25. May 31, 2014 7:34 pm

    Irrfan Khan is my absolute favorite actor from Indian movies and I have been pining to watch this movie. It isn’t airing here, so I’ve asked the husband to get hold of it so that we can watch.

  26. Beth F permalink
    June 2, 2014 6:35 am

    Wow!! I’ve never heard of this movie. This sounds wonderful! I can get past some pacing issues if the rest of the movie is good.

  27. June 2, 2014 2:03 pm

    This sounds like a good movie! I will have to look for it.

    My husband prepares my lunch for me each evening before going to bed and usually includes a little love note. Isn’t he the greatest?!

  28. June 4, 2014 8:37 am

    Ah, yes! This sounds exactly like what I’ve been searching for lately! Checking Hulu to see if it’s available now!

  29. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:51 am

    Sounds fun! I have never even heard of this one but it looks like one I’d enjoy.

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