2013, India-France-Germany, 104’, Color, Hindi-English
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Denzil Smıth, Bharati Achrekar, Nakul Vaid, Yashvi Puneet Nagar, Lillete Dubey
2013 Cannes Film Festival Critics Week Audience Award
The most enjoyable Indian film of the past of years.
Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will nally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. Unknowing to her is that the special lunchbox she prepared has been mistakenly delivered to miserable office worker Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a li le note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of ge ing to the bo om of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become li le confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so o en crushes hopes and dreams. But still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeapordize both their realities.