Sometimes you find love in the unlikeliest of places with the unlikeliest of people under the unlikeliest of circumstances. That’s exactly what ‘The Lunchbox’ is all about. This movie has two strong underlying emotions forming the core – love and longing. Such a beautiful, poignant and amazingly realistic portrayal by Irrfan and Nimrat and for that matter Nawazuddin Siddiqui too.
It is a story of two loners brought together by a mistake and how they find solace in sharing their life’s events with each other, basically finding someone in the bustling city to talk to and then forming a connection with. You don’t have to meet a person to actually feel love and connection with him or her and that is wonderfully brought out in this movie. Nimrat as a housewife, rushing against time, whipping meals, handling laundry, passing through life almost ritualistically is so believable. And Irrfan as a man nearing retirement, reluctant and reticent, has multiple layers. Their life seems unshakeable till their paths cross accidentally and then it changes forever and for better.
I believe love is the purest and strongest emotion in the world. When you are in love, every cell of your body screams that one name. It gives a high that no other addiction can. Hopelessly in love, if you would like to call it that. You are ready to go to any extent to make the other person happy. In this movie, you can feel that kind of warmth, the love, the yearning and pining for the loved one and the pressures of life and society in every frame. The emotions that pass on Irrfan’s face when he says her name, Ila (Nimrat’s name in the movie) for the first time or the longing on Nimrat’s face when they decide to meet for the first time and Irrfan does not turn up are hard to describe; they are meant to be seen and felt. And even the scene in which Irrfan writes to Nimrat that he did come there and kept watching her from distance is overwhelming. There is tension, humor, drama but all in right doses. The director Ritesh Batra deserves all the applause for seamlessly merging the narratives.
If you have ever been head over heels in love, this movie is for you. It is just one and half hour movie which soaks you fully in emotions. Celebrate that you have experienced that kind of love and if you haven’t, wait for it to knock on your door because this feeling is out of the world.