Movie Review: The Lunchbox (2013)

Box Office: TBA

The film is the story of a housewife who, in order to add some spice to her married life, packs some delicious lunch and sends it to her husband through the dabbawala. But as luck would have it, the special box is delivered at the wrong address and lands up in the hands of a widower, Saajan. This leads to a series of letters being exchanged by the two, who develop a friendship devoid of any inhibition, in fact which gives them a sense of liberation.

With actors like Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the picture, we do not have to say that the acting is impressive. Actress Nimrit Kaur (whom you have earlier seen in Kumar Sanu’s song “Tera Mera Pyar” the one which had a couple falling in love at a theatre, and more recently in a chocolate commercial) looks quite different as a Plain Jane; nevertheless does complete justice to her character.

Being presented by several banners, including Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap, the film seems to be reliable enough for a dekko.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
5.0 “The Lunchbox is the best Indian film in years.”
4.5 “You may not like this movie if you don’t like softly spiced whimsical tales – or food.”
Times Of India
4.5 “The Lunchbox – An inescapable masterpiece.”
4.5 “The Lunchbox to say the least is a rare gem wrapped carefully in a mundane tiffin-box. Ever thought the simplest of things in life could be so charming?”
4.0 “THE LUNCHBOX is a standout film, a sumptuous treat that’s sure to be relished by connoisseurs of cinema.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “Go for the film and enjoy its quaint romance. A word of warning though – the film’s luscious food will get you seriously hungry. Ah well, carry your lunchbox along!”
4.0 “Gorge into it and savour its lingering aftertaste. The Lunchbox holds riches that aren’t likely to be forgotten in a hurry.”
NDTV Movies
4.0 “One of the finest portrayal of clean romance which enlightens you and moralises you with each note delivered in the Lunchbox.”
India Tv News
4.0 “Simple, sweet and yet with a tinge of sadness, The Lunchbox is worth savouring.”
4.0 “Beyond the adulation of the world press, the best thing about this bittersweet movie is its desi flavour that gives it a universal appeal.”
4.0 “This picture primes you up for the end, slowly taking control of your emotions when you’re willing to go either way so far as this film’s conclusion is concerned.”
Daily BHaskar
3.5 “This is food made with love, sweat and tears. This is food for the soul.”
India Express
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “The basic premise of THE LUNCHBOX is horribly flawed and traumatic. You can’t savor the brilliance of Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui or the genius of Nimrat Kaur.”

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