The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox (Dabba)
  • 2013
  • India / France / Germany / USA
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ritesh Batra
  • Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Language: Hindi/English
  • UK release: 11 April 2014

In Mumbai, young mother Ila (Kaur) prepares a multi-layered lunchbox to be delivered by courier to his office, but when it's mistakenly delivered to grumpy middle-aged accountant Sajaan (Khan), an unlikely romance develops. A precisely structured romcom written with compassion and warmth; just don't watch it on an empty stomach.

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The Lunchbox

Saturday 31st October at 1.30pm at David Lean Cinema, Croydon


A Bafta nominated film including 27 international wins and 36 nominations

104 minutes

Director: Ritesh Batra

Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

A Romantic Drama - A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

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The Lunchbox

3 Mar 20144 stars

Delightful Mumbai-set drama about an unlikely relationship

This warm and funny Indian film takes a set-up worthy of the great romantic comedies of Hollywood's golden era and develops it into a touching story of connection, with echoes of Lost in Translation in its tone and characterisation. In bustling Mumbai…

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