7THE LUNCHBOX (2013)
‘The Lunchbox’, one of the sweetest and simplest stories ever told on celluloid, has won millions of hearts across the globe since its release. Featuring a bunch of brilliant performers like Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in important roles, the movie launched the career of Ritesh Batra as a filmmaker. ‘The Lunchbox’ was a box office success in India and it also did fantastic business in the United States where it made it to the US box office top ten. The movie collected more than $4 million within days of its release in the country and was listed in the Top 5 highest grossing Indian movies of all time at the US Box Office. In the United States, the movie grossed $4.23 million, and was 2014’s third highest grossing foreign film behind Cantinflas and PK.
‘The Lunchbox’ had a very niche theme, which many things worked in the favor of the movie. When it released, it received an overwhelming response first from critics and then the audiences. Despite getting a very limited screen count of approximately 400 screens all over India, the film did extremely well for itself. Like India, its screen count was not good even in the United States. But the content of the film was so strong and appealing that people could not stop themselves from watching the film. A simple story told without any shenanigans tugged the right chord of the audience. It was one of those rare films where the audience rooted for the lead pair to come together, despite knowing it would not happen. Powered by a strong story and outstanding performances, ‘The Lunchbox’ melted and, at the same time, won everyone’s hearts. An independent film directed by Ritesh Batra with its making cost shared by the producers of France and Germany and, of course, India surprised one and all. It was perhaps the first time when a film was being jointly produced by 8 studios, including DAR motion pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, NFDC (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Films (France), and the Cine Mosaic (United States).