Indie Gems: The Lunchbox
Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) is a lonely man living in Mumbai on the brink of retirement. When he's not dodging training in his replacement, the very excited Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) he's going through the motions. Meanwhile elsewhere in Mumbai, Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is also going through the motions. She's a lonely housewife with a husband who is too busy to pay attention to her or her daughter. She decides she's going to make his lunch as part of a company's lunchbox delivery service, only Saajan ends up getting her box instead. Impressed with her cooking, they write notes back and forth to each other delivered each day in the lunchbox.
I'm having a fair bit of deja vu here. I swore I wrote and published this review already, but apparently that wasn't the case. Maybe like Ila and Saajan, I fantasized about writing it. It's been a while since I've rooted for a couple as much as I did these two. Not even to be romantic, but just to be friends. They needed it. It falls under that grey area of "should I be rooting for a married person to leave their spouse?" which has happened before in movies such as Little Children. Regardless, I loved these two and wanted them to meet so badly.
I sometimes forget how satisfying PG rated movies can be. Most of the films I watch end up being rated R, but this one is so sweet and well acted. I loved every minute of watching it. This film is also a testament to how wonderful Wandering Through The Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks blogathon is, as that's where I first heard of this film.
Watched on: Netflix DVD
Memorable Quote: "Salt was okay today." - Saajan. (Irrfan Khan)