Friday, September 20, 2013

The Lunchbox Review: An exceptional breed

Rating: 4.5/5 stars (Four and half stars)

Star cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Denzil Smith, Bharati Achrekar, Nakul Vaid, Lillete Dubey

Director: Ritesh Batra
What’s Good: The film is a cinematic delight filled with the right amounts of love and warmth.
What’s Bad: Nothing

Loo Break: Don’t even think of one.
Watch or Not?: Don't even think of missing this!!
Analysis: THE LUNCHBOX is a story of a beautiful relationship triggered by the wrong delivery of a lunchbox that's delivered daily within the bustling metropolis of Mumbai.
If you think that in the modern age of Email and Whatsapp, old-styled romance will not work, then you are perhaps wrong. It is the precision with which it is portrayed on screen that actually matters. When you see 'The lunchbox' you will fall in love for it. Illa(Nimrat Kaur) is a housewife who has been neglected by her husband and she make his favorite dishes for him so that he can somehow notice her. One fine day the lunchbox reaches to wrong destination i. e to Government officer Saajan Fernandez (Irrfan) and that is how this sweet romance starts.
On the edge of retiring, Saajan has no spice in is life and nothing to look forward to. He is soon to be replaced by a trainee played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The letters exchanged through lunchbox changes his life and he begins to get drawn to a life filled with colors and liveliness. Director Ritesh batra has shown Mumbai in its true sense, the crowded Mumbai local trains, messy Government offices and always high on spirits Dabawallas who feed thousands of Mumbaikars daily.
Illa bares the marble of her boring marriage and suspects that her husband is having an extra-marital affair. The two actors share their memories with each other through letters and it looks so natural and sweet that you will actually feel happy at heart.
Saajan recounts to her, the memories of his past wife laughing over and over at same jokes of 'Yeh Zo Hai Zindagi' and recording them while he kept looking back at her reflection.
There is a hidden beauty in every shot. Even the supporting actors are at their best.

Nawaz plays Shaikh, the man who is to replace Saajan at work, a young man who chops vegetables on his files and always add weight in his lines by saying some random sayings of his mother. Let me tell you Nawaz is one of the finest actors ever produced on Indian soil. he delivers his performance with so ease that you will feel that he is actually saying the dialogues naturally and not before a camera.
Every time when he says 'Good morning sir, kaise hai ap?' , you will feel something at heart.
The voice of Bharati Achrekar as deshpandey aunty is also a delight although you will not be able to catch even a glimpse of her.
If I talk about performances, Irffan is a delight to watch and he do not want any introduction to prove himself. He slips into a character much older than him with so much ease.
He is terrific and somehow so charming in his role, that even as the retiring old man he will make your heart skip a beat.
Nirmat kaur is natural. She is not an eye-candy actress but she is someone who understands every shade of her character and her performance is top notch.
Nawaz as I have already told essays his role with keenness and brilliant at his work.He will make you fall in love with him by his work.
Direction: Director Ritesh Batra has done something which many film makers will not be able to achieve in years.He has make a simple story so convincing and natural that you will fall in love at first sight at the very first frame of the movie. The way he decided to end his movie at climax could not have been better. He leaves the decision to audiences and surprisingly you will come home with a positive head .
Last word: The lunchbox is a cinematic gem and a rare breed. I have watched the first show, you do not even think of missing it. People were literally clapping when the movie ended, that is the appreciation every director would think of.

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