The lunchbox

The lunchbox

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Hindi
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Trying to add some spice to her marriage, Ila prepares a special lunchbox for her husband at work. Unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another worker, Saajan. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a note in the next day's lunchbox. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the communication soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their lives.
Alternative Title: Lunch box
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2014]
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Apr 28, 2019

Comedy/drama life story with reflections on unfulfilled expectations - very subtle characters and joyful plot. Awesome actors and some scenes with documentary-like background.

Jan 30, 2019

I usually only review books, but then a really exceptional film like this one comes along, and I feel no one should pass this by. I did not want the film to end. It is clever, funny, warm and has not even a touch of all the usual pumped-up, empty Hollywood material. This is a portrait of humans, their relationships and communication. I wish current film-makers and film schools would take some time and watch this masterpiece.

Jan 19, 2019

A "slice of life" comedy/drama in which a comical situation leads to much soul-searching. Very subtle acting; mostly through expressions.

Oct 03, 2018

"The Lunchbox" proves that Bollywood is more than song and dance. It is a touching, storytelling kind of movie. I had hoped for an American-style ending–where the wife leaves the cheating lout and the new couple live happily ever after–while preparing myself for an Indian-style ending–where the obedient wife sacrifices her happiness to economic necessity. The writer/director found a third path, which is probably more realistic than either of my scenarios. The commentary disc helped me to understand the choices in scenery and dialogue and explained the unfamiliar cultural habits.

Aug 03, 2018

Simply the best movie to come out of India. A charming love story that begins over switched lunches delivered to the wrong client. This movie was shut out of the Oscars because ironically the Indian film industry thought it was unbelievable due to its underlying mockery of the Indian belief that their lunchbox delivery service is infallible. This lead to it not being sent for consideration as the best foreign language film for that particular year. If you ever see a foreign language film this is the one you should see.

Nov 16, 2017

Sensitive, beautiful story of decent human beings struggling with loneliness. Very good pacing, meaningful story and dialogue, great acting. Refreshing.

Oct 07, 2017

Too bad about the subtitles not visible - "Eject Button!"

Jul 16, 2017

I think I would have liked the movie, but with subtitles white on white, could only read a few words, gave up.

May 26, 2017

Lovely, sweet movie. I agree with all the "positive" comments, they are well written and expressed. RE: the "negative" comments: must be from people who have never been lonely or wondered "what if" and who've never wanted or needed or hoped for a second chance.

Apr 07, 2017

I had high expectations and came out disappointed. I could not relate to the culture, the environment or the characters. I found it quite boring and the ending is open ended. Felt that only a good ending could save the movie, and it did not.

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Sep 26, 2014

Saajan: Dear Ila, your husband sounds like a busy man. Life is very busy these days. There are too many people, and everyone wants what the other has. Years ago, you could find a place to sit in the train every now and then, but these days, it's difficult. If Mr. Deshpande (Ila's invalid uncle upstairs) wakes up now, he will see the difference and probably go back to his Orient ceiling fan.

When my wife died, she got a horizontal burial plot. I tried to buy a burial plot for myself the other day, and what they offered me was a vertical one. I've spent my whole life standing in trains and buses, now I'll have to stand even when I'm dead.

Sep 26, 2014

Saajan: No one buys yesterday's lottery ticket, Ila. I came to the restaurant while you were waiting. There you were. Fidgeting with your purse. Drinking all that water. I wanted to come up to you and tell you all this in person, but I just watched you wait. You looked beautiful. You're young. You can dream. And for some time, you let me into your dreams.

Sep 26, 2014

Shaikh: My mother always used to say...Always says: "Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station."
Saajan: Your mother says? But you told me you were an orphan.
Shaikh: I am, sir, but when I say "my mother always says" people take it more seriously. And it feels good.


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