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“The Lunchbox” is a 2013 Indian romantic drama film directed by . The movie stars , , and in the leading roles.


“The Lunchbox” tells the story of a mistaken lunchbox delivery that leads to an unlikely friendship between a lonely office worker, Saajan Fernandes (), and a neglected housewife, Ila (). Ila, hoping to rekindle her husband's love, starts sending him special lunches via the famous Mumbai tiffin delivery system. However, the lunchbox ends up being delivered to Saajan, who is about to retire. The two strangers start exchanging notes and eventually, a bond develops between them, leading to self-discovery and unexpected twists.


“The Lunchbox” received universal critical acclaim, with many praising the film's performances, direction, and screenplay. The movie was described as a charming, poignant, and delightful romantic drama with a unique premise that explored human connections, loneliness, and the power of food. The film's authentic portrayal of Mumbai's culture and its people's daily lives was also praised. The chemistry between and was particularly lauded, as well as the supporting performance by .


“The Lunchbox” won numerous awards, including the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Screenplay Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The movie was also selected as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Academy Awards. The film won several awards at the Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress (). It also won the Best Supporting Actor Award () at the Screen Awards.

Directed by ,
Written by
Produced by Anurag Kashyap Guneet Monga Karan Johar Ronnie Screwvala Siddharth Roy Kapur
Starring ,
Edited by
Music by Max Richter
DAR Motion Pictures
UTV Motion Pictures
Dharma Productions
Sikhya Entertainment
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics (North America)
Release dates 19 May 2013 (Cannes Film Festival) 20 September 2013 (India)
Running time 105 Minutes
Countries India
United States
Language Hindi
Budget ₹22 crore
Box office ₹100.85 crore

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