Sunday, September 22, 2013
Disclaimer – Get carried away by all the praises about this movie. Unfortunately, it’s not biased at all!
A simple story can be a great story. Every story doesn't need to have highs and lows, action and drama, romance and comedy. There are some stories which don’t have any of these but they are great stories. The Lunchbox is one such rare piece in the world of cinema.
The backdrop is the running and busy Mumbai, but it is never forced in the movie. There is a common working man Saajan Fernandes played by Irfaan Khan who is about to retire from his work next month and then live peacefully in Nasik. A housewife and mother named Ila, played by Nimrat Kaur is trying to revive the love in her married life.
They connect to each other through the Mumbai’s famous Dabbawallas who wrongly delivers the lunchbox meant for her husband to Irfaan Khan.
There are letter exchanges between them but more importantly it connects the different human emotions of life and the small joys that one misses in life.
The film has few other characters which make you feel good about the life you have and are crafted so carefully that you don’t find a single flaw in their character.
Irfaan Khan has established himself as one of the best actors ever in the Indian cinema and he seems just irreplaceable from the stone faced yet emotional Saajan fernandes.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as his trainee has blended truly in his role of a young, street smart and honest man.
Nimrat Kaur is another spontaneous actor who fits so well in the lead actor role.
Hats off to Ritesh Batra for giving us such a movie which taste will linger over so many years. The film never forces itself on the viewers and it never stretches away or makes your heart full of emotions. It just teases you with right proportion of human emotions like the best lunch you can ever have.
It’s sad that this film has not been nominated for the Oscars Foreign category from India, as it’s undoubtedly one of the best Indian films of all times.
There is nothing wrong in this film and it deserves a 5/5 rating.
Don’t miss this film.