A stellar food film
Everyday in Mumbai, hundreds of thousands of home cooked hot lunches are delivered to office workers through an incredibly efficient food delivery system.
By foot, bicycle and train, the dabbawallah (a person who collects hot food in lunchboxes) gathers the ’dabba’ – cylindrical tin or aluminum container of food prepared by home cooks in suburban residences or restaurants and delivers them to workers in urban centers. After lunch the containers are gathered and delivered back to the rightful cook, to prepare for the next day’s cycle.
An incredible feat when you think of the sheer orchestration of preparing, collecting, delivering and uniting the number of people, journeys and meals. Flawlessly the lunchboxes appear each day, on time and to the right person. Apparently the system is so efficient that there is rarely an error – that is were ‘Lunchbox’ the film begins.
A beautiful story about a young housewife who borrows ‘auntie’s recipes to spice up her husband’s lunchbox in anticipation of sparking their relationship – in turn crosses paths with a melancholy worker who is about to retire.
The desire to be loved and finding love is spellbound by food and curiosity. Passionately prepared meals and an exchange of confessions awaken the senses of both these characters in their unexpected ‘lunchbox’ journey.
Captivated by the deliciously evolving exchange and appetizing cinematography, you can practically taste the food.
Director: Ritesh Batra
Actors: Nimrat Kaur – Ila and Irfan Khan – Saajan
Dishes mentioned: Bharwan Karela/Stuffed Bitter Gourd, Masala Baingan/Spicy Eggplants, Paneer Kofta Masala/ Cheese Ball Curry and Grape Raita.