The Lunchbox (2013)

Hindi 2 hrs 30 mins Drama, Drama
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Total Reviews: 44
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Review Summary: An amazing move heralding new Indian cinema

Average Critic Rating: (3.97)
Cast: Irrfan Khan , Nimrat Kaur , Nawazuddin Siddiqueui , Nawazuddin Siddiqui , Nimrat Kaur , Sanjeev Kapoor , Nakul Vaid , Bharti Achrekar , Lilette Dubey , Denzil Smith
Director: Ritesh Batra
Release Date: 20 Sep 2013
Est. Box Office Collection: 20.4 CR

Plot: The Lunchbox is a 2013 Indian epistolary romantic film written and directed by Ritesh Batra, and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, and Arun Rangachari. The film was jointly produced by various studios including DAR motion pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, NFDC (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Read more

The Lunchbox - Top Reviews

Food films— that wonderful genre that connects food with human emotions.
Sonia Chopra, SIFY
The dabbawalas of Mumbai have shot to global fame getting invited for the royal wedding and also giving guest lectures in some of the business...
Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
'The Lunchbox' is about a dabba that fetches up at the wrong table
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Worth a watch!
Mohar Basu, Koi Moi
‘The Lunchbox’ is a delectable love story
Rummana Ahmed, Yahoo India
I absolutely insist that you see it.
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times 
Cast:Irrfan Khan, Nimrat KaurDirector:Ritesh BatraIn an age when instant messaging, email, and various social media have made communication easier and quicker, debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliv
Rajeev Masand, IBN 
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
The Lunchbox’ is a delectable love story, made exquisite because it’s a most beautiful rendition of the most fundamental need of an individual – the need for companionship.
Rummana Ahmed, Yahoo India
Poignant, Powerful The Lunchbox is my favourite love story of the year. It’s sweet, sad and deeply aching. Debutant director Ritesh Batra captures the harrowing loneliness that a metropolis like Mumbai fosters, the hope of happiness that glimmers and enab
Anupama Chopra,
Gorge into it and savour its lingering aftertaste. The Lunchbox holds riches that aren’t likely to be forgotten in a hurry.
The film has a fuzzy, heart-melting feeling to give you through the two-odd hour duration. The famous spirit of Mumbai couldn't have been captured better than this. Don't miss it
Before the rise of cable cinema and the satellite channels, the only source of watching movies for our cinema lovers' was on national television through Doordarshan. They used to screen films on every sunday evening along with few artistic or realistic fi
Divya Solgama, Movie Zadda

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The Lunchbox - All Reviews

It makes you want to run not to the nearest restaurant but home, craving for your mother's food or relish cooking a hot chapatti.
Suhani Singh, India Today
If you think, after watching the promos for The Lunchbox that it is yet another version of You’ve Got Mail, or The Shop Around The Corner, well...think again
Nupur Barua, Rate Movies Here
Two strangers fall in love over a lunchbox of letters - do they ever meet?
Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India
Overall, The Lunch Box is one film that will stay with you long after you are done with the viewing. Stunning performances by the lead cast and a gripping narrative will involve you completely. On the flip side, the movie will not find any takers at the b
Neha Prashar Gupta, Bollywood 3
We are going with a 4.5 but it leans very strongly to a full 5 stars!
Katherine Matthews, Bolly Spice
Thers. India is one of them. Our days are all about meals and snacks. Meetings, weddings, casual drop-ins, festivals; no matter what the occasion, our first question invariably is ""What's there to eat?""
Deepanjana Pal, First Post
If the grudge against this film is it comes with little or no hype, at times the wrong train too can take you to the right station - as Nawazuddin's Aslam Sheikh spiritedly keeps saying all along.
Vinayak Chakravorty, India Today
highly recommended movie, that leaves you with a running film reel in your head, and a need to have have delicious food!
Saurabh Dwivedi, India Today
Resham SengarDirector Ritesh Batra’s debut Hindi feature vehicle ‘The Lunchbox’ – runs on the theme that reads “Kabhi kabhi galat train bhi sahi jagah pahuncha deti hai” (Sometimes even a wrong train can get you to the right destination).
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Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters India
It is a pity that movies with zero content see producers lining up to finance the project while good stories like The Lunchbox die waiting for a saviour with a moneybag to come along, some lucky ones find support from big names, in The Lunchbox's case Kar
Abhishek Bhardwaj, Rate Movies Here
On the whole, The Lunchbox is a delightfully delicious film. It will be simply loved by the classes and will score in the multiplexes of the big cities. The start in several centres may be slow but collections will pick up in the big cities due to positiv
Komals Reviews
The city has developed a callous attitude, an indifferent disposition in the face of professional glories; so much that emotions have taken a backseat in the scheme of things.
Deepti Kanojia, Rate Movies Here
There are plenty of moments to treasure in The Lunchbox, and they’re all small and delicately crafted.
First Post
The writer-director deserves gratitude from millions of housewives for espousing their grievance and from movie buffs for providing them a clean and complete entertainer
K N Gupta, Smash Hits
Could a simple lunchbox and its contents change lives? One of the best films to come out of India in a long time, director Ritesh Batra answers the question in his little masterpiece, The Lunchbox
Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror
Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is a housewife whose life move clumsily between her lazily careless husband and little daughter. Apart from the other routine task of the day, the woman is continuously undergoing needless bustle about making the right degree of delicious dish for her husband’s tiffin intending to gain his notice on her
Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Dar Motion Pictures, Sikhya Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.and NFDC's The Lunchbox is the unusual story of two strangers – a young lady and a fairly old man on the verge of retirement – getting to know each other because o
o taste this one, you will walk out with a smile.
Rohit Khilnani, India Today
The Lunch box is delicately balanced on 2 fundamental points - can you ever fall in love with a person you haven’t met? And can the Harvard - approved world renowned dabba walas of Mumbai deliver a dabba to a wrong person…? We relish at the sheer beauty w
Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood
Such simple meals which are also good on the palette are rare these days where cinematic meals are unnecessarily spiced up.
Faheem Ruhani, India Today
लंचबॉक्स यदि एक नजरिए से देखें तो यह फिल्म दो बहुत प्रचलित परिपाटियों का जमा-जोड़ है। एक तो है वह कहावत, जिसके मुताबिक किसी व्यक्ति के दिल तक का रास्ता उसके पेट से होकर जाता है। और दूसरी है रिप्ले की...
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HaribabuBolineni, Chirtamala
Just one word….Magnificent!!
Bharat Student
Keeps you glued from the very start!
Rashma Shetty Bali, Bollywood Life
Once in a while comes a film trailer which surpasses all expectations and makes you feel like watching it the first chance you get. The trailer of ‘The Lunchbox’ is one of those trailers. After having been shown in festivals across the world, The Lunchbox
A lunchbox full of delight and truly wholesome!
Namrata Thakker, Bollywood Life
The most delicious film of the year
Rahul Gangwani, FilmFare
Putting the Oscars on high alert in the best foreign language film category Indian majors UTV and Dharma take a big step forward with 'The Lunch Box' a true gem of a realism on love that enlarges our conception of the term love in such a remarkable way that it not only massages our soul but also serves as a reminder that Bollywood has the capacity to take our local stories getting universal hearings with an edge that makes this first feature attempt of Ritesh Batra an inescapable rewarding experience and the reason why we love our moments in theater.
India Glitz
‘लंचबॉक्स’ किसी आदमी के दिल में जाने का रास्ता उसके पेट से होकर जाता है। इस लंचबॉक्स की खूबी यही है। लगभग उबाऊ-सी ज़िंदगी जीनेवाले एक आदमी के रूटीन में एक मामूली-सा लंचबॉक्स क्या रस घोलता है, फिल्म की...
The Lunchbox is a rare gem wrapped carefully in a mundane tiffin-box. Ever thought the simplest of things in life could be so charming and endearing?
Mansha Rastogi, Now Running