The lunchbox

The lunchbox

DVD - 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
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD Lunchbox 2014
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,Dolby
4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (105 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Rating: PG; for thematic material and smoking. CHV Rating: PG; not recommended for young children
Alternative Title: Dabba
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msabaye
Nov 16, 2017

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

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1KLIP1
Oct 07, 2017

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

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matcat44
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.

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beaches4evr
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.

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lmabadie
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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elpostino
Apr 01, 2017

The loner stood in his dim balcony buffing cigarette and stealing looks to the lively dining room in the building across. His mind was fixed on the daily life-line of folded piece of paper ducked under the chapatti. He stood isolated from strangers in suffocating commuter trains. With the wrong train getting to the right station, the accidental connection weaved intimacy between the cook and the loner leading to probable romance. They didn't share a single audible word, yet through simple recipe, food aroma, and empty-returned lunchbox they were able to share the ultimate, their souls.

Romance in Indian movies is so subtle and artistic. There are no kisses, touches, implied sex, or strong expression of emotions, yet the little crafted symbols are capable of triggering the right tunes. We don't need the language because we have the substance.

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shilohsmom
Feb 21, 2017

I loved this movie. It could have gone on for another 1000 hours and I would
still have watched it. What made this movie so wonderful was how each character broadened the other's horizons and made them realize what was possible and what was missing from their lives. The main character's revenge on his sycophantic and ambitious co-worker was quite humorous in a malicious way. The lunch delivery system was a revelation and all the food made me seriously crave some good Indian food. The only disappointment was the "Lady and the Tiger" ending, but it let you decide what happens. A must watch.

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dcb_0
Jan 11, 2017

When I checked it out I knew it was a total cat-lady movie, but had hoped for some vicarious travel or cultural insights. Nope.

The film really went NOWHERE and then went BACK and FORTH and BACK... You get the idea. A repetitive snore I'm afraid .

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trudgingalong
Nov 16, 2016

An enjoyable feel-good movie! An "adult" version of " You've Got Mail". I was very impressed with the acting, especially the female lead. Would enjoy seeing another movie with her in it.

Franln Nov 02, 2016

I was kind-of expecting a corny love story but was pleasantly surprised with the other subjects touched upon in this charming film.

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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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