CLOSING NIGHT GALA: THE LUNCHBOX (Dabba)

Dir. Ritesh Batra India 2013 104 mins (cert TBC) In Hindi with English subtitles

Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Saturday 9 November, 8pm (Cineworld, Bradford)

“India’s hottest indie film of the year is a feel-good love story with global appeal. Award-winning short filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s debut feature is based on the legend of Mumbai’s lunchbox delivery service which, it is said, never goes wrong. In this ‘what if?’ tale a lonely housewife, Ila (Kaur), sends a lunchbox through the usual couriers to her disinterested husband, but it ends up at the wrong man’s desk. Sajaan (Khan), an accounts clerk on the brink of retirement, receives Ila’s lunch in an identical box to his own and is delightfully surprised at the wonderful tasting food. After a while the solitary Sajaan realises the mistake and sends a note back to Ila in the lunchbox. With her real husband not noticing the difference, the two strangers build a gentle rapport through the food deliveries, exploring their hopes of the future.” – London Film Festival (Courtesy of Artificial Eye)

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