The Lunchbox

Synopsis: The film, set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between Saajan, a lonely widower close to retirement, and Ila, an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ritesh Batra
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 29 wins & 35 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

It's raining today.

Don't play in the yard.

There will be plenty of mud.

If you slip, you shall hurt yourself.

- Play inside.

- Okay.

And don't walk under the trees.

A tree fell yesterday

a bridge collapsed,

it was on the news.

But it stopped raining.

It can resume.

Here it is.


A minute!

Have you put all the spices?

No Auntie, I forgot one.

I knew it from the first whistle.

Take this.

Thank you, Auntie.

Just a pinch, no more.


This new recipe will work for you.

Are you sure?

You doubt it,

but you'll see.

Yum... perfect!

A mouthful, and he will

build you a Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is a tomb.

I know!

Retrieves them.


I present you Shaikh.

Shaikh, Mr Fernandes.

He was chief accountant

in a small Saudi company.

He will take your notes to your departure

in one month.

He has very good references.


Mr. Shroff filled you with praise.

I did come early to meet you.

Good luck.

Mr. Shroff said for 35 years

you're here.

Your colleagues will miss you.

What does it do?

This is the beginning of your golden age,

how do you feel?



Can we start training?

Of course.

But it's lunchtime.

Return at 4.45.

Well, anytime.

Thank you!


the recipe for one of my favorite dishes:

"Paneer pyaza do."


- Are you sleeping?

- What happened?

The lunchbox is back.


It is empty.



It all sauced!

What did I tell you?

And this is just the beginning!

Stop the tape, Rajeev is back.


You're home early, all well?

Did you like your lunch?

It was good.

Well... nothing else?

As everyday.

The lunchbox was empty,

then I thought...

Cauliflower was very good.

It was very good.

I just got back.

I was expecting your call.

It was so boring?

I left early too.

Any problem, sir?

I am retiring in a month.

I would like to stop delivery service.

Okay, I will take note.

I will pay you at the end of the month.

No problem.

And... who cooked today?

We did, why?

It was good!

- What?

- It was very good.

Continue like this.

What happened to him?

Cauliflower did the trick.

Let's do it again tomorrow.

Pass this.

What is this?

Mr. Fernandes, our ball fell inside

the balcony Please can we have it?

Please Sir!

- Do I look like your servant?

- No.

We will not play here.

We'll play on the other side.

If you play in front of this door again

I will chase you down the street.


We'll play on the other side.

I'm here, Auntie.

You called me just now?


I was changing diapers of Tonton.

What did Rajeev say?



The lunchbox was delivered to someone else.

I don't think Rajeev received it.

Someone else liked it and ate the meal.

No no, impossible.

Delivery guys don't make mistakes.

What happened?

Hello, how are you?

Good morning.

When I returned,

you were not there.

- You were late.

- I came to 16 h 45 accurate.

I was there, you were late.

No problem.

These are the claims?

It is the claims service here.

When do we start my training?

Let's go.


After lunch.

- I'll be back after then?

- Yes, come.

- Are you sure?

- Yes.

You will be right there?

Thank you.

Thank you for emptying

the lunchbox yesterday.

I cooked it for my husband.

Seeing the empty box,

I thought he would tell me

something about it.

I thought, for few hours

that to seduce the heart,

stomach must be satisfied first.

In return for those hours

today I'm sending you paneer.

Favorite dish of my husband.


Auntie, isn't it weird to write this?

Ila, you should thank him.

And what if Rajeev gets it?

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Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra (born 12 June 1979) is an Indian filmmaker. Batra is widely known for his debut feature film The Lunchbox starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and won Rail d’Or (Grand Golden Rail). Batra also won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best First Feature Film in 2014. The Lunchbox has been called the highest grossing foreign film in North America, Europe and Australia for the year of 2014 grossing over 25 Million USD/180 Crore INR. Batra was nominated for a BAFTA Award for The Lunchbox in the category Film Not in the English language in 2015.He has directed the English-language film The Sense of an Ending, starring Jim Broadbent. The film is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending. Ritesh has also directed Our Souls at Night starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. more…

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