The Lunchbox (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 22 Critic Reviews | Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur


Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Denzil Smith, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar, Lillete Dubey, Yashvi Puneet Nagar

The Lunchbox Posterdirection:

Ritesh Batra


Ritesh Batra


Ritesh Batra



Michael Simmonds


Max Richter

produced by:

Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, Arun Rangachari


Hindi, English

weird aggregate rating 8.1/10genre:


release date:

Top Rated Bollywood Movies20-September-2013
run time:
104 minutes
The Lunchbox (2013) on IMDb


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  •  Bollywood Life -Namrata Thakker Rating-9
The Lunchbox (Dabba) starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a bittersweet love story about two strangers who have never met and communicate only through notes. Set in the backdrop of Bombay, Irrfan (Saajan Fernandes) is a widowed employee
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  •  Cinema Confessions -Gautam Anand Rating-9
It's easy to get lost in the chorus of your routine life, while forgetting or even neglecting any desires that might have been thriving within subconscious for an interminable time. For some, the dormancy of those desires may lead to its ultimate death while for others.
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  •  Times of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-9
Like a tiffin carrier, The Lunchbox has levels - it is the story of a man so lonely, he's forgotten what any companionship means. It is the story of a suburban housewife, deeply alone. It is the story of meeting via eating. It is a love-story - and a love-letter to Mumbai, to trains that go dhak-dhak,
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  •  India Today -Saurabh Dwivedi Rating-10
The trailer might have you thinking it's a love story but it's much more than just that. It's a story about dissociating from the past and finally moving on, all the while planning a new journey for a mad roadtrip called life. The movie is also a bold attempt at picking the scabs from thoughts that are now old.
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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8
It’s veggies all the way – okra, aubergine, cauliflower and apple gourd are the ingredients of choice. But the film’s mistress of spices, a neglected Malad housewife, works such magic with her ladle that she soon has a stranger, an enervated Bandra accountant, eating out of her hands.
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  •  DNA -Harshada Rege Rating-8
Indian cinema ought to be proud of moments like these.The Lunchbox has been screened at various international festivals even before it's release in India.But beyond the adulation of the world press, the best thing about this bittersweet movie is its desiflavour that gives it a universal appeal.

  •  Mumbai Boss -Pronoti Datta Rating-8
Ritesh Batra’s debut feature film is, to risk using alimentary similes that every reviewer is likely to employ while describing this movie, like a well-rounded dabba. One in which the sabzi is lightly spiced (and anything other than cabbage), the daal perfectly tempered, the chapatis thinly rolled
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  •  koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-9
The film has the aroma of immortality. Cooked up amidst the cutter of Mumbai city that is a familiar sight, the film uses unforgettable props to latch on to your memories. The lasting sights of passing trains and messy government office, the spirited dabbawalahs who feed scores of people everyday
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  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-8
The lunchbox holds more importance in our lives than we care to acknowledge. Parents fret over and plan their children’s tiffin lovingly. They’ll add in a little surprise sometimes – a chocolate or jam cookie— to bring in a smile. Growing up, the lunchbox is eagerly looked forward to in the office
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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-8
The dabbawalas of Mumbai have shot to global fame, getting invited for the royal wedding and also giving guest lectures in some of the business schools in India. Now comes a film that tells the story of a gentle romance that blossoms in the swarming city of Mumbai between a young housewife
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  •  The W14 -Mayank Shekar Rating-8
If you see it one way, this film is an outcome of two very popular clich├ęs. One is the proverb about how the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The other is the ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ kind of of news item about an age-old ritual of Mumbai that has so often made it to the western press
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  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-10
It is a street-side purchase of a street-side scene: an artist at a scenic vantage point draws the same backdrop over and over again, but with varied details each time, his mental snapshot making each picture a wholly different capsule of captured time.
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  •  Indian Express -Shubra Gupta Rating-7
Imagine this. You are a man on the down slope of middle age. There are only dead ends in your dead beat life. You work in an office in which you push files all day long, and the days blur into sameness. And then one afternoon, as you pull your lunchbox towards yourself, something stirs.
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-10
In an age when instant messaging, email, and various social media have made communication easier and quicker, debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliver a charming, old-fashioned love story in 'The Lunchbox'.
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  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-8
The Lunchbox is my favourite love story of the year. It’s sweet, sad and deeply aching. Debutant director Ritesh Batra captures the harrowing loneliness that a metropolis like Mumbai fosters, the hope of happiness that glimmers and enables us to go on.
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  •  Mumbai Mirror -Karan Anshuman Rating-10
Could a simple lunchbox and its contents change lives? One of the best films to come out of India in a long time, director Ritesh Batra answers the question in his little masterpiece, The Lunchbox.
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Khaled Mohamed Rating-8
Viva the independent spirit. Its coming has been proclaimed so often that one hesitates to announce again the arrival of the New Age Indian Cinema. Quite unarguably, though, 'The Lunchbox' clinches the matter, proving that 'Stanley ka Dabba', 'B.A. Pass' and 'Ship of Theseus' are neither accidents
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  •  Filmfare -Rahul Gangwani Rating-8
Love cures you of all the pain and the same love can become the biggest pain of your life. You find companionship in love and at times, it leaves you lonely. Love is heartwarming and heartbreaking. The Lunchbox beautifully depicts the both sides of love. After gathering rave reviews in all the major film festivals
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  •  Zee News -Resham Sengar Rating-9
Director Ritesh Batra’s debut Hindi feature vehicle - ‘The Lunchbox’ – runs on the theme that reads “Kabhi kabhi galat train bhi sahi jagah pahuncha deti hai” (Sometimes even a wrong train can get you to the right destination).‘The Lunchbox’ is a journey of Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) and Ila (Nimrat Kaur)
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  •  Mid-Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-8
We all know what this city offers us… opportunities, excitement, adventure and also loneliness, monotony and misery. But the storyteller of The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra wakes us up to another fact that most of us don’t care to recognise. Hidden under many layers of harsh reality
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  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-9
Putting the Oscars on high alert in the best foreign language film category Indian majors UTV and Dharma take a big step forward with 'The Lunch Box' a true gem of a realism on love that enlarges our conception of the term love in such a remarkable way that it not only massages our soul but also serves as a
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  •  Deccan Herald -Manjulaa Rating-8
What began as research for a documentary on Mumbai’s famed dabbawalas turned out to be a first-class script for debutant Ritesh Batra whose, The Lunchbox has not only been doing rounds of the international film festivals but also won Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes 2013.

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The Lunchbox (2013)
8.1 out of 10
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22 reviews.