THE LUNCHBOX | DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Food and movies, two of my favourite things, I reviewed this delightful Indian movie back in July. THE LUNCHBOX and THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY are the two best food movies of the year and lucky for you THE LUNCHBOX is out now on DVD in Australia and our uber mates at Madman have given us more stuff to giveaway. You can win one of 5x copies of the movie on DVD, this could make a superb stocking filler for your partner, mum or granny!! Thanks for visiting…..JK.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM JULY 

I love food movies, food and movies, two of my favourite things, so when a food movie comes out I am so in. And so it was with this magical journey to Mumbai. What an intriguing concept, in a city overflowing in population and packed to the rafters, most people do not have time to leave work for lunch, instead they have a lunchbox delivery service running throughout the city. Soooo bizarre. But this lunchbox service is where our story starts and the magic unfolds. THE LUNCHBOX releases this Thursday 10th July at cinemas listed down the bottom of the article. It is releasing from Madman Entertainment is rated PG and runs for 123mins. It is also in Hindi and English language with English subs.

 

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THE LUNCHBOX | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system transports thousands of meals every day from kitchens to offices. A Harvard University study found that just one in a million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. This movie is the story of that one lunchbox. Ila, a neglected housewife, attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a special lunch for her husband. When it is accidentally delivered to Saajan, a lonely, grumpy widower on the brink of retirement, they exchange notes to each other to get to the bottom of the mistaken delivery. Their notes gradually evolve into a series of intimate little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears and small joys. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become swept up in a relationship built on the fantasy of their letters.

The film is worth it purely for the mechanics of watching how this lunchbox service works, following the lunchbox from kitchen to office and back is just mesmerising, it is a well oiled machine of basic necessity. Even the lunchbox itself I found incredibly intriguing – I want one :).

Ritesh Batra’s directorial debut is a clever romantic comedy drama (more drama than comedy) and so superbly directed and acted that you will be mesmerised from go to woe. I swear I could nearly smell Indian food and the very next day I ate Indian for lunch. I am sure it was nothing compared to the love skill that went into these meals.

 

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THE LUNCHBOX | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ILA (NIMRAT KAUR) BUYS INGREDIENTS

 

I relate directly to Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) and I think I am alsowly turning into this man. He works, he is a part of a machine, and eventually somewhere along the line he lost all his passion and the spark went out. He just does his thing, has a small joy in a cigarette, has no joy in food, just eats for sustenance and is drowning in loneliness, he is near on retirement and is planning to do what all retirees do and move to a town I do not know. I take it from the way they speak about it it was like the American Miami. Khan is a man I just love onscreen. You will most likely know him as the adult Pi Patel from LIFE OF PI. His voice is deep and melodic and just strikes a chord and his mannerisms and age make him comfortable and likable.

He meets his match in Ila, (Nimrat Kaur), the bored and unloved housewife who will do anything to impress her husband but as one of the co-workers of Saajan says, “the wrong train can get you to the right station.” And so the story evolves. I loved how Ila lived in such a small flat and still cooked amazement, I also loved the old lady “Aunty” who lived upstairs. You never see her but Ila would call out from the kitchen and they would talk all the time and they had a basket delivery system so Aunty could send down herbs etc for cooking. It was a beautifully whimsical character relationship that lifted the mood of what could have been a bored and suicidal housewife.

 

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THE LUNCHBOX | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ILA (NIMRAT KAUR) PREPARING A MEAL

 

The tale of the film is a basic tale, it is a simple mistake that leads to a new world, a step and salvation into the right, happier direction of life. I loved the way they communicated through notes in a lunch box, it was somehow them starting an affair basically but at the same time it seemed right, these two belong to each other. How she managed to put up with his initial rudeness to then discover such a lovely and deep man who gave her more in life from a note in a lunch box then she got from her husband who lived with her was heartwarming. One thing that was awkward for me was when they made the decision to actually meet. This I related back to myself, I am incredibly shy, you would never think it, you would probably either not notice me or find me abrasive or just nuts, until you got to know me. I start the best friendships online but fear meeting people I have known or met online. Why ruin a good thing? I know I know – you will never never know………

Because of this I found their want to meet too easy, so “ok, let’s do it.” I would panic the hell out of it all and run for the hills. But what eventuated post “meeting” was sensational and beautiful and the way the dialogue of this film lays the leads hearts on the table is a major strength.

 

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THE LUNCHBOX | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | SAAJAN FERNANDES (IRRFAN KHAN) SMELLS READS HIS MEAL’S LETTER

 

The one negative part off the film and lost it a point was the ending. Personally I felt it was an overtly arthouse ending, I thought this film would have benefited from a more closed ending, but the more I ponder on the ending the more I find it did not matter. I can’t really talk about it without giving you spoilers so I won’t. The other thing was, that while I felt it so beautiful, whimsical and just heartwarming, I enjoyed, loved it even, but it never went into my chest and owned me as perfect films do. It felt like a film where we observed as opposed to becoming emotionally involved. I literally only cried once and it was brief, this says a lot.

If you love a beautifully made and interesting romantic drama or if you love a good food movie – then this is for you! For the perfect night go out for a delightful Indian feast and then head to see this charming film, and take your mum or your grandma to this, they will love you for it.

 

4 Pops

 

With special thanks to MADMAN FILMS to win one of the 5X DVDs of THE LUNCHBOX you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is the best Indian movie of all time (not the cowboy type!)? My fave still has to be SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 

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Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after in the next couple of weeks. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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