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The Lunchbox (2013)

  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 7,256 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 20 September 2013 (India)
  • Runtime: 104 min
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  • IMDb page: The Lunchbox (2013)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 7,256 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 20 September 2013 (India)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $525,363 (USA) (21 March 2014)
  • Director: Ritesh Batra
  • Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Max Richter   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Lunchbox | Delivery | Widower | Note | Lunch

Writing Credits By:

  • Ritesh Batra (screenplay)

Known Trivia

    Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

    Story: 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. Written byIceman


    Synopsis: The Lunchbox, a man who’s been grieving since his wife died, a woman who wants to seek her husbands attention to rekindle their love and the only way she’ll do it is cooking .This woman wants to cook her way through her husbands heart and she would’ve succeeded only if the very famous ‘dabbawalas’ of Mumbai city would not have messed up her plan by delivering the hard cooked and awesomely delicious food to Mr. Fernandez. Realizing the mistake of the delivery she writes Fernandez a note about it and the in a series of fortunate and unfortunate notes the movie turns out to be beautiful.

    only thing I’ll be adding is that if you are a typical Bollywood buff you’d be surprised what Indian Cinema is capable of.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Shahnaab Alam known as co-producer
    • Marc Baschet known as co-producer
    • Ritesh Batra known as executive producer
    • Lydia Dean Pilcher known as executive producer
    • Benny Drechsel known as co-producer
    • Nina Lath Gupta known as co-producer
    • Smriti Jain known as line producer
    • Sunil John known as co-producer
    • Siddharth Roy Kapur known as co-producer
    • Anurag Kashyap known as producer
    • Nittin Keni known as co-producer
    • Irrfan Khan known as executive producer
    • Cédomir Kolar known as co-producer
    • John F. Lyons known as associate producer
    • Guneet Monga known as producer
    • Sahab Narain known as associate producer
    • Arun Rangachari known as producer
    • Vivek Rangachari known as co-producer
    • Vikramjit Roy known as executive producer
    • Shivani Saran known as supervising producer
    • Meraj Shaikh known as line producer
    • Karsten Stöter known as co-producer
    • Danis Tanovic known as co-producer
    • Shaan Vyas known as associate producer: AKFPL

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Irrfan Khan known as Saajan Fernandes
    • Nimrat Kaur known as Ila
    • Nawazuddin Siddiqui known as Shaikh
    • Lillete Dubey known as Ila's Mother
    • Nakul Vaid known as Rajeev
    • Bharati Achrekar known as Auntie
    • Yashvi Puneet Nagar known as Yashvi
    • Denzil Smith known as Mr. Shroff
    • Shruti Bapna known as Mehrunnisa
    • Nasir Khan known as Ila's Father
    • Lokesh Raj known as Duke's Owner
    • Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar known as Dabbawallah at Ila's House
    • Aarti Rathod known as Saajan's Neighbor
    • Krishna Bai known as Toothless Woman
    • Raj Rishi More known as Ila's Brother
    • Santosh Kumar Chaurasiya known as Autorickshaw Driver
    • Swapnil Shirirao known as Duke's Waiter
    • Avijit Khanwilkar known as Young Man in Train
    • Aakash Sinha known as Autorickshaw 2
    • Xavier Hodges known as Very Old Couple
    • Rosemary Hodges known as Very Old Couple
    • Hubart Vossoaker known as Neighbor's Family
    • Rosemary Vossoaker known as Neighbor's Family
    • Flory Vossoaker known as Neighbor's Family
    • Sebastian Vossoaker known as Neighbor's Family
    • Quitira Vossoaker known as Neighbor's Family
    • Baaburao Sankpal known as Dabbawallah at Saajan's Office
    • Chandrakantha Rajani known as Saajan's Office Staff 1
    • Kancha Karki known as Saajan's Office Staff
    • Rajendra Dubey known as Saajan's Office Staff
    • Narendra Arora known as Saajan's Office Staff
    • Ashwin Desai known as Saajan's Office Staff
    • Mahesh Mahadev Salavkar known as Office Peon
    • Krishna Mandal known as Office Peon
    • Calvin Desilva known as Cricket Kid
    • Craig Narona known as Cricket Kid
    • Kyeron Kandoria known as Cricket Kid
    • Shubh Jadav known as Cricket Kid
    • Akash Sinha known as Himself (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Serena Tixeira known as makeup designer




    Production Companies:

    • Sikhya Entertainment
    • DAR Motion Pictures
    • National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) (co-production)
    • Asap Films (co-production)
    • Rohfilm (co-production)
    • Cine Mosaic (co-production)
    • Aide au cinéma indépendant – Canada (ACIC) (with participation of)
    • Centre National du Cinéma et de L'image Animée (CNC) (with participation of)
    • Dharma Productions
    • Institut François Mitterand (with participation of)
    • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (supported by)
    • Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (with participation of)
    • UTV Motion Pictures
    • arte France Cinéma

    Other Companies:

    • Bridge, The  post-production facilities
    • Light n Light  grip and lighting equipment
    • Promoshop  promos
    • Xtrathin Design  publicity design


    • CDI Films (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Cinemien (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Cirko Film (2013) (Hungary) (theatrical)
    • Edko Films (2014) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
    • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Happiness Distribution (2013) (France) (theatrical)
    • NFP Marketing & Distribution (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • Sony Pictures Classics (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
    • UTV Motion Pictures (2013) (India) (theatrical)
    • Alambique Destilaria de Ideias Unipessoal (2014) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Lighthouse Pictures (2013) (Singapore) (all media)
    • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (all media)
    • Vértigo Films (2014) (Spain) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:

    • Abhishek Goel known as senior di producer: Filmlab
    • Aziz Merchant known as compositor
    • Prasad Patel known as senior compositor
    • Manoj Sakesh known as visual effects artist

    MPAA: Rated PG for thematic material and smoking



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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