Telling the story of an unusual romance in modern-day Mumbai, The Lunchbox (Dabba) won the Grand Rail d’Or (viewers’ choice award) at the Cannes 2013 Critics’ Week. It has since won over 10 awards worldwide.
One of Mumbai’s miracles is the lunchbox (dabba) delivery phenomenon.
Every morning 5,000 Dabbawallahs deliver hot meals from the kitchens
of housewives to their husbands’ desks. Only one in four million goes
astray. One of those mistakes connects a neglected young housewife (Nimrat Kaur) to a soon-retiring widower (Irrfan Khan of Life of Pi). Through notes in the lunchbox, these two lonely souls build a fantasy world together. What happens when it threatens to overwhelm their reality? This is the first feature by Indian writer/director Ritesh Batra, who captures the essence of Mumbai’s chaotic streets and crowded trains.
The film is In Hindi and English with English subtitles.
The Lunchbox has been released in Canada by Mongrel Media.