Using a lunch box as the main character of the film, director Ritesh Batra had crafted a matured and a stable love story which is quite sporadic to hit upon in this fast-moving hi-tech era.
The story circles around Saajan and Ila, a fatigued government employee and a conventional house wife, who were discontented with their routine lives and need assistance for their mood swap. How does a misdirected lunch box rehabilitated their feelings and opinions exhibits the other side of the movie.
What makes a movie more sensitive and compassionate? Its when we start caring about the characters in the movie and respect their opinions. Director Ritesh Batra sported few long and extensive shots in the movie which were quite repetitive, we often see the movie running on few particular frames demonstrating the everyday lives of the highlighted individuals.
Indeed it was quite interesting to learn about them and finally create an impression. And that's the part where the Lunch Box emphasizes the audience, it unveils the plot in an exemplary manner that people will attract to.
Performances from the leads were passionate, Irfan Khan was astonishing, his portrayal as an old experienced cranky government employee was quite interesting to watch along with his unadorned gestures. Nirmat Kaur was an absolute surprise, her innocence and guiltlessness as a character was delightful to gaze at. Nawazuddin Siddiqui's character was fun and amusing, but his monotonous dialogue was a bit annoying at times.
To conclude, The Lunch Box is a surprising treat for few percentage of audience who desire to watch slow paced drama which takes time to establish and render. It was sweet and compelling and will surely hit you hard once you start thinking about it. Definitely a thoughtful and matured love story and indeed the best I've seen in years. If you're not a fan of the genre, I strongly suggest you to stay away from the movie.
My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around)
-By Surya Komal aka KM