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The Lunchbox Movie Review


The Lunchbox Rating: 4.38/5( Highest Ever)

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The Lunchbox Movie Review


Ratings:5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand's Verdict (CNN IBN: IBNLive)
I'm going with five out of five for 'The Lunchbox'. The greatest love stories are the ones that make you root for the protagonists to come together, despite their destinies. This film illustrates how love transforms the unlikeliest of people; it breaks down Saajan's walls and gives Ila the courage to fly. Treat yourself to 'The Lunchbox' - it'll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness. The best film I've seen in a long time.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
A well-told old-fashioned romance, THE LUNCHBOX gracefully unknots the trials, tribulations, fears and hopes of everyday people sans the glamour that the city of Mumbai has become synonymous with. On the whole, THE LUNCHBOX is a standout film, a sumptuous treat that's sure to be relished by connoisseurs of cinema. A film with a big heart, it makes you realize that you can unearth contentment and pleasure even if you board the wrong train. Easily one of the finest films to come out of India.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)
The Lunchbox is my favorite love story of the year. It’s sweet, sad and deeply aching. Debutant director Ritesh Batra captures the fragility of life, the harrowing loneliness that a metropolis like Mumbai fosters, the hope of happiness that glimmers and enables us to go on. The Lunchbox is poignant and powerful. It will make you laugh and cry. And it will also make you hungry – I was dying to eat paneer kofta and bhindi when it finished. I’m going with four stars and absolutely insisting that you see it.
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Ratings:5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
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. I watched The Lunchbox twice over a few months and can testify that it has a high repeat quotient, the final confirmation that was required for a perfect rating. There's buzz of an Oscar selection in the Best Foreign Language Film category. India will be hard-pressed to find a more deserving nominee.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
No doubt, the thin story-line, the slow pace and the laidback screenplay make the film class-appealing but it must be added that for that audience, the film offers a lot by way of entertainment. 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 positive mouth publicity. It will win a lot of accolades and awards too.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times Of India (TOI)
The Lunchbox has levels - it is the story of a man so lonely, he's forgotten what any companionship means. It is the story of a suburban housewife, deeply alone. It is the story of meeting via eating. It is a love-story - and a love-letter to Mumbai, to trains that go dhak-dhak, to dabbawalas and rain, to love and life, sugar and spice, the despair and hope that mark every heart.Its finesse qualifies this charmer as India's potential entry to the Oscars, The Lunchbox an unusual banquet, raising a bitter-sweet toast to life. Note: You may not like this movie if you don't like softly spiced whimsical tales - or food.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
If it hadn't been for the occasional flatness, and a couple of predictable notes, there would have been no flaws in this dabba. I also found Ila's mother's (Lillete Dubey) segment, included solely to underline another kind of vacantness, a little forced. But these are tiny niggles in this film that gets the rest of it so right. Batra's characters are a delight. They may be of Mumbai, infused with intense desi flavours, but can inhabit any part of the world. You want to take them home, sit them down at your table, and savour them, one mouthful at a time.
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Ratings:5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Batra, who has also written The Lunchbox, has allowed his smashing actors tremendous room to improvise, all the while himself sketching in nuanced details about the city, its food-ferriers, and the many disparities Mumbai is crammed with. It is a film of multiple pleasures -- small ones and overwhelming ones and exquisitely crafted ones -- layered one on top of the other, with something for everyone, and so, so much for the cinematic glutton. Like the dabbawalas he loves, this director delivers.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
It is a unique piece of cinema crafted with great dexterity and attention to detail. A strikingly original, idiosyncratic and charming love story, The Lunchbox dismantles the established structures of the genre in ways that are at once startling and effective.It isn’t just the life of the male protagonist that it touches.Gorge into it and savour its lingering aftertaste. The Lunchbox holds riches that aren’t likely to be forgotten in a hurry.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Harshada Rege Site:DNA
Indian cinema ought to be proud of moments like these. But beyond the adulation of the world press, the best thing about this bittersweet movie is its desi flavour that gives it a universal appeal. This one may not please those looking for a masala flick, but is more than your money's worth. But ensure that you eat well before you head for the movie, or else be prepared to deal with the hunger pangs everytime Irrfan opens The Lunchbox.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
 Watch or Not?: The Lunchbox within the first few minutes made its way into the cockles of my heart. Elegantly done, the film conjures a connoisseur variety of cinema where love and romance are stretched beyond the contours marked out by epic Bollywood romances. The love here has so much tenderness, eulogizes companionship of two very unlikely people who are drawn close over notes exchanged via a lunchbox, which almost builds up as a character in their story. Films like these are gratifyingly piquant and should definitely not be missed!
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Khalid Mohammed Site:Deccan Chronicle
What stays in the mind at the end of 'The Lunchbox' is pretty much what stays in mind at the end of a memorable set by jazzmen – not their lapses but the heights they scale. Bottomline: Bon appetit! Miss this sumptuous movie, at your own peril.
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Ratings:5/5 Review By: Saurabh Dwivedi Site:India Today
The trailer might have you thinking it's a love story but it's much more than just that. In case you're looking for a paisa vasool family movie, this is not one to miss. It's almost as if the movie never ends. You walk out of the movie hall and the film continues with you. How it ends changes with your life experience. A highly recommended movie, that leaves you with a running film reel in your head, and a need to have have delicious food
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  1. Incredible reviews... Movies like these restore our trust in Indian Cinema.
    http://www.blogtobollywood.com/krrish-3-music-review/

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  2. why so few comments on such a highly rated movie

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  3. Incredible movie........

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  4. faadu movie FDFS :-)

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  5. Amazing Movie. I thought it would be boring but it is just a superb film. Kudos to the team.

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    1. shut up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. If local trains are one inseparable lifeline for Mumbai, dabbawallah are unquestionably the other. Delivering food for love/love for food in dabbas to more than 2 lakh people working in their respective fields of interest everyday…that too by a comparatively smaller number of a few thousands dedicated Dabbawallah on their toes, impermeable of bad weather, terrible traffic issues, unfortunate terrorist attacks and uncalled natural disasters! No wonder, surveys indicate that the chances of failure in this 130-year old mechanism fall to once in a 6 million deliveries.

    Ritesh Batra’s ‘already riding high on appreciations allover’ slice-of-life, middle-age romantic drama THE LUNCHBOX finds its foundation on that very one mistake, an endearing one that turns into an overwhelming, appetite-full, high-on-emotions love-story between two lone souls lost in the overcrowded city of dreams, Mumbai.

    Ila, a housewife and a mother of a 7-year old girl, seeks help in making new delicious recipes for her husband’s lunchbox either from master chef Sanjeev Kapoor on radio/TV or from the neighboring aunty who lives on the second floor with her husband in coma. Interestingly, we hear only voice of her crashing to our ears. Besides that, Ila’s other pastimes limit in washing dirty linens, waiting for her husband to come home and watching him finishing his dinner in some way attending panel discussion on TV news. Loneliness is subtle but the pain is quite visible.

    Saajan Fernandez is a face that you see everywhere around yourself. He could be an account manager in your local bank. He could a wrinkled postmaster with all names & addresses on his fingertips. He might not be updated with technology and gadgets our new generation uses but he is there behind his desk for like more than 35 years. This particular face we see on screen is on the edge & age of retirement. He is a widower too. Here again, the loneliness is subtle but the pain & emptiness in his eyes is clearly visible to make you uncomfortable within.

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    1. ...So, when one day the dabba for Ila’s husband reaches mistakenly on the desk of Mr. Fernandez, the old-fashioned yet very amusing-very charming practice of letter-writing takes place to share their individual emotions. They write about the lip-smacking dishes Ila cooks, they write about their personal life experiences and they also share their fears about how life could take a turn on them.

      Meanwhile, there is frustratingly funny Shaikh who is about to take place of Saajan after his withdrawal. Lively as anything! He is an orphan but still likes to start his saying with ‘my mother used to say…’ as he thinks it would give it more ‘vajan’.

      THE LUNCHBOX creates an aromatic ambiance for two separate worlds of Ila & Saajan. With pile of files on desks, old ceiling fans & bleak faces, Saajan vanishes in a typical government office. Ila’s world is restricted to the kitchen platform and window attached with to make regular conversations with aunty. In others, there are crowded local trains crawling on tracks and an artist on the pavement who paints same painting everyday.

      Film’s biggest strength is the writing. Every sequence conveys and leaves some or the other emotion with you. Be it Ila’s imagination to a suicide story or Saajan’s reluctant behavior towards his new colleague! With low-light, grainy visuals to show the realism within the on-location shoots, cinematography is apt & a top class. Sound designing is also something to look out for. You can actually smell the ambiance through those sound bits. Ritesh Batra scores high in creating a simple love-story with a perfect mix of emotions and cinematic brilliance. A story has been told the way it should be. No extra ‘masala’, no unnecessary ‘tadka’!

      On the performance side, Irrfan as Saajan Fernandez delivers as much as you could expect from him. He speaks in silence. He throws silence while speaking. Nimrat Kaur in her acting debut surprises you the most. She can be very emotive at one and equally amusing at the other. She makes you feel for the character and in the most simple and impressive way. Her unsophisticated & refined but raw portrayal of Ila will leave you speechless. & then comes, Nawazuddin as Aslam shaikh! Smiles come easy & entertainment is handy when he’s there in the frame.

      Overall, THE LUNCHBOX is bittersweet but a rich-in-taste culinary experience like no other. Perfectly cooked-nicely served! Make reservations for weekend in advance! Book a table now! It’s a 7-course meal for cinema-lovers with good appetite for quality cinema! [4/5]

      Special Note:
      Dear Bollywood! Bless me with one LOOTERA, one SHIP OF THESEUS, one LUNCHBOX every year and I’ll forgive you for all your sins of producing ‘HOUSEFULLs’ ‘GRAND MASTIs’ & ‘ZANJEERs’!

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    2. too long review gaurav but 4/5 hmm will have to consider this movie

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    3. movie seems to be very good..have to watch it...i always trust gauravs review just one suggestion..please dont reveal too much about the story..it spoils the fun..gud work nyways gaurav..

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    4. movie seems to be very good..have to watch it...i always trust gauravs review just one suggestion..please dont reveal too much about the story..it spoils the fun..gud work nyways gaurav..

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    5. arey iss gaurav bakcho ko aur koi kam dhandha nahi hai...koi sale ko bhao nahi deta... BC...MC sala..

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    6. loved the special note in the end Gaurav. :)

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    7. thanks bro :) waiting eagerly for ur review !!!

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    8. I only come to this site for gaurav Bhai's reviews.

      Keep it bro.

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    9. I only come to this site to read ur reply

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  7. kuchh pal k liye bhul jaao kiske fan ho...jst as a bollywood watch it guys...u may realise bollywood me bht kam movie banti h jise har kisi ko dekhna chahiye.

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  8. whaaaaat a faduuuuuu movie........must watch guys!!
    so simple love story...bht kam banti h aisi movie.

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  9. Just came back aftr watching The lunchbox...
    I feel honoured and hungry aftr watching such an optimistic film...

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  10. lots of shows for horrible phata poster nikla chuha more than 10 shows at night in mycity but no show for "THE LUNCHBOX" people, multiplexes and bollywood never appreciate good movies and always watch crap movies like phata poster, chennai express, bodyguard which earns 200 crores and good movies like paan singh, go goa gone, gangs of wasseypur or even madras cafe only earns upto 40-50 crores. as per my knowledge anurag kashyap gives more good movies then anyone and still no movie has earned 100 crore
    really can't imagine what is wrong with people or us — —

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  11. Crap movie. I never thought Irfan Khan will do such a dumb role. My expectations from the movie were higher.

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  12. Crap movie. I never thought Irfan Khan will do such a dumb role. My expectations from the movie were higher.

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    1. He is not dumb !! You are dumb .. Idiot ..

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    2. Go and watch Dumb movies meant for you which has no brains like Dabang or Housefull.....

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    3. You are out of your senses. ..idiot...

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  13. 11:05PM comment is of Khan, who falsely claims not of being a terrorist..lol

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  14. lunchbox with delightfull imostions....must watch!!

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  15. The one and only negative review of the film!!

    http://www.indiawest.com/news/13699-stellar-performances-lift-hyped-fare.html

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  16. My preview of The Lunch Box : http://rajatnarulafilmpreview.blogspot.in/2013/09/the-lunch-box.html

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  17. My preview of The Lunch Box : : http://rajatnarulafilmpreview.blogspot.in/2013/09/the-lunch-box.html

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  18. lunchbox,Rush,Fruitvale Station,prisoners ..all at the same time..
    now,only if there wasnt internls next week..

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  19. lunchbox,Rush,Fruitvale Station,prisoners ..all at the same time..
    now,only if there wasnt internls next week..

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  20. Why do we need complex characters or big budgets for a film’s success when a good storyline can do wonders alone? Debutant director, Ritesh Batra comes up with the sweetest and the simplest love story of the season, The Lunchbox, which defines the word ‘life’ in its own way.

    ‘The Lunchbox’ is a story of two people heading from two different worlds. Ila (Nimarat Kaur) is a young housewife trying to gain her husband’s attention by her art of cooking. But destiny has something else for her, when the lunchbox she prepares reaches to the desk of an accountant named Saajan (Irrfan Khan) who is on the verge of his retirement.
    In the age of emails and chatting, the two decide to exchange notes for sharing their thoughts about food to their personal lives.
    And there is one more interesting character here, Saajan’s subordinate Shaikh (Nawazuddin Sidiqqui) who adds up spice to this love story.

    Ritesh Batra does an excellent job to showcase the hollow lives of the people in the metros. Be it the monotonous work or the spice less marriage. ‘The Lunchbox’ is a plain story of how a lunchbox exchange changes the lives of two different people completely. One dialogue which very much goes with the theme of the film- ‘Sometimes even a wrong train can take you to the right destination’. The climax though is open ended and makes you think for some time.

    Irrfan Khan delivers an award winning performance. He is the best actor for me so far this year. Look at his body language throughout when he plays the role of a 50 year old accountant and you would realize that hindi cinema is so blessed to have an actor like him. Nimrat Kaur impresses too. She looks so realistic in the role of an Indian housewife. Nawazuddin supports the two equally well. He especially wins over your heart in with his humorous dialogues.

    If you are tired of watching meaningless/brainless entertainers, give this one a try. And you might just fall in love with the characters and their simplicity. Recommended!

    Rating- 4/5

    log on to www.rohitrupani.blogspot.in for more reviews

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  21. gaurav poori story mat khola karo , story , script, direction etc. Ko review kar k movie ko rate kiya karo bhai . Aap to saari script hi batane lag jaate hain

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  22. worst movie in my life...what u all liked in the movie i dont know... no proper ending..very slow movie..just waist of time and money..

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  23. totaly bkwas movie...... fully time waste and money waste.... nthing interesting at all.... just bkwas... after reading these reviews i watched out the movie.... bt now m regretting....

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    1. yes this film is totally bakwas for dumpheaded people like u bro

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  24. Watched the film today with my beloved buddies Kaushik Pyine n Arijit Das!!!
    & Wow!!!....What a Film!!!..It surely made my day!!!
    It is one of those few films which surely gives a feeling of purity n positiveness in my mind,heart n soul...!!!...
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    In this modern age when instant ‪#‎Messaging‬,‪#‎Email‬,‪#‎Whatsapp‬,‪#‎WeChat‬,‪#‎ChatOn‬ and various social networks have made communication easier and quicker, debutante writer-director Mr. ‪#‎RiteshBatra‬ relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliver a charming, old-fashioned love story in this very film!!!...‪#‎Salute‬ to the Director Sir who has crafted an exquisite gem of a movie...‪#‎Batra‬ impresses because he does not set out to impress. He conveys eloquently the state of the mind of each character because he is economical with emotions and does not exaggerate...He is simply magnificent at his Direction!!!
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    The names on star-casting are enough to say about the acting part of the film!!!....
    One of the best actors of our generation usually rules over the hearts of the spectators...He gracefully fits on the character of ‪#‎SaajanFernandez‬, a common man who lives alone after his wife's demise n is very punctual n perfectionist to his job n suddenly falls in a bond of affection with a stranger by the interchange of his Lunchbox i.e. 'dabba'!!!...His natural acting without any star-alike mannerism definitely compels to get spellbound to him!!!....‪#‎MassiveRespect‬ to the great ‪#‎IrfanKhan‬!!!
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    Praising ‪#‎NimratKaur‬ is a hard task....coz no praise is enough for her...She just 3 or 4 movies old may be & how she portrays the character of a normal housewife named ‪#‎Illa‬ who tries to make happy her husband but always goes in vain & then involved in an innovative relation with a stranger is not only remarkable but also adorable!!!
    ‪#‎Kudos‬ to her!!!..She makes me to wait for her next film for sure!!!
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    If anyone goes for this movie to get entertained, i can bet that he/she will certainly not get disappointed too...n the reason is none other than the Outstanding ‪#‎NawazuddinSiddiqui‬!!!...His entry in the film,his appearance,his way to deliver the dialogues,his simplicity surely add the flavor of humor n entertainment to this off bit n old fashioned superb Romantic film without any melodrama!!!...‪#‎HatsOff‬ to ‪#‎Siddiqui‬ sir!!!
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    Lastly, the best part of the movie is 'The Ending'...Only the feeling that the story is not yet over,although there is no more to read"...There is something unspoken in this movie...It depends viewers to viewers, where they actually like to go with "Sajan & Illa"...There's a simple line in this sumptuous film that captures its essence beautifully: "Sometimes even the wrong train can take you to the right destination." ...It's a line that might help interpret the film's open ending, but one that also nicely sums up its unique premise...!!!
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    Surely the Best film of 2013 of Bollywood!!!
    One of the Bests of all time n a gem of Indian Film Industry!!!
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    My Rating: 5/5
    (Wish I could give it infinity marks)
    Verdict: Strongly recommend to all cine goers... please watch it...you will surely get pleasure!!

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  25. Stupid and dumb movie of this year, what an disturbing idiotic movie and its all about extra marital affair, the heoine has no guts to ask her husband about cheating and she wants to elope with old fellow of her dad's age, this brings all distress to indian society and people who encourage suchj kind of crime should be also punished. so all gr8 critics who gave it 4 or 5 out of 5 should be baned from posting their critcs here after, loser rajeev masand who gives only 02 for good flms gave it 5, such a shame to him, disgusting idiot
    and other critics too , yaaaaaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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  26. *NO SPOILERS*

    Ever had that awesome taste lingering in your mouth after you finished a meal? Ever wondered what name to give to that taste which makes you crave for more. The Lunchbox gave me that feeling after a really long time, maybe for the first time after I saw A Separation

    The Lunchbox is a old-fashion romance in a city which is bustling with life yet the irony is that the main charecters are loners. Reminding me of Mary and Max in the unlikely bonding between the two, the lunchbox is personified as a narrow thread of communication which originates from a very rare mistake in the system. The vulnerability of the charecters makes them open to complete strangers because sometimes it is easier to reveal yourself in front of empathetic stranger than a person you know really well.

    About acting Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui needs no introduction to the audience, you wouldnt even blink watching Irrfan Khan act, his every emotion is a masterly crafted. Nawazuddin Siddiqui provides a comic relief to the story with his ever flowing sense of optimism. Nimrat Kaur is a revelation.

    Debutant Ritesh Batra is very confident is his direction and shows superb command on the execution of the screenplay. The scenes are beautifully composed, Ritesh and his cinematographer has not overdone the sequences and you will find a very different Mumbai here!

    Many may not find the ending to be satisfactory, but satisfaction is not something that the ending is meant to be.

    I would like to quote Rabindranath Tagore here, and just for the sake of my non-Bengali friends I will put it up here in English, though I strongly feel that translation can never do justice to poetry. The movie's true essence is reflected through these lines and which is why it is effective for me.

    "Simple events of life happy or sad,/ Some sad strings from the train of forgetfulness,/ Not fraught with heavy descriptions,/ Not crowded with events,/ No advice, no philosophy/ Only the feeling that the story is not yet over/ Although there is no more to read..."

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  27. Kya hamare desh me aisi filmo ko appreciate karne vale itne kam log hai.vo bharat jo internet use karta hai , jo shayad metro city me zyada rehta hai, vo log bhi Chennai express aur grand masti jaisi bina koi story vali films ko itna pasand .Karte hai , aur Madras kafe jasi sahi maino me cinema kahi ja saknr vali filmo ko mar mar ke jinda rahne vali filmo ko koi bhav nahi diya.jata , to dukh lagta hai.kya publicity aur star value k naam par films hit ya flop decide.hona hai, ham 21 th century ke bhartiya hai , ham aur kitne dumb bankar rahne vale hai , jago bharat jago. Hame apne aap ko kis disha me.le ja rahe hai

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  28. simply osam
    my fav ;)
    i don't usually like watching moviez...but it was phenomenal!

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  29. i have no word to describe this movie, just amazingggggg.................

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  30. overhyped movie has its moments but not that great romantic movie slept for most of the time with nawaz bringing fruits to wake up irfan and me.

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