Whatever we’ve been hearing about The Lunchbox – starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui – has been fantastic. So it’s good to know that a film like that will be able to reach a wider audience now that Karan Johar has been brought on board as the presenter/marketer of the film. Earlier, Kiran Rao did the same thing for Ship of Theseus, and it worked in the film’s favour. Now that KJo is all set to promote the film, we’re hoping that things go well for The Lunchbox too. Have you seen the trailer yet? I love it!
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 finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. Unknowing to her is that the special lunchbox she prepared has been mistakenly delivered to an office worker Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom 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 little 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 often crushes hopes and dreams. But since they’ve never met, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.
Sounds brilliant, actually. I can’t wait to watch it! What about you?