6The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox is a 2013 romantic movie written and directed by RiteshBatra, and produced by GuneetMonga, Anurag Kashyap, and ArunRangachari. Themovie had a stellar cast with method actors,Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starring in the lead roles. The film was screened at International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and later won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award also known as Grand Rail d’Or. It was also screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in India on 20 September 2013and was adjudged to be a box-office success.
SaajanFernandes, played by the insanely talented Irrfan Khan is a widower whose retirement day is soon approaching. Ila, played by Namrata Kaur is a middle aged wife who is trying to win back her husband’s love and affection through delicious food which she sends it to him via the famous dabbawallahs of Mumbai. But one day, a mix-up happens and the lunchbox that was intended for Ila’s husband reaches Saajan. Ila ultimately realises the mistake and places a letter in the lunchbox for Saajan informing him of the mix up.
And thus ensues an exchange of messages from each other where they tell them about themselves and share memories from their lives. At work, Saajan is given the responsibility of training his replacement, Shaikh played by the gifted Nawazuddin Siddiqui. To begin with, Saajan is incensed by Shaikh due to his incompetence but is able to slowly grow fond of the man with the golden heart. Ila comes to know that her husband is having an extra marital affair and decides to move to Bhutan with her kids. When she writes this down in the letter, Shaikh counter suggests that they could both move to Bhutan together. They then decide to meet each other at a well-known eating joint, but Saajan does not show up. He wrotes back in a letter that he did show up but was not able to gather strength to approach her when he saw that she was so young and beautiful.
Ila makes up her mind to move to Bhutan and decides to search for Saajan. But she is informed by Shaikh that Saajan has retired and moved to Nashik. She then writes one last letter to Saajan telling him about her decision to move to Bhutan. Saajan changes his mind on the way to Nashik and starts looking for Ila in Mumbai.