|Irrfan Kahn and Ritesh Batra|
Ila's relationship with her husband is strained and she is trying with all her heart to win him back...through his stomach. Her "auntie" lives upstairs with whom she if very close and tries to cook using Auntie's secrets. As they shout to one another about their daily lives, Auntie shares ingredients with her niece below her through a pulley system, from her window to Ila's. Day after day, Auntie gets updates on Ila's lunches and reactions to them, and Auntie shares her wisdom and life. With each delicious meal cooked, you wait in anticipation with Ila to see what Sajaan will feel, taste, and communicate back with her. Sajaan obviously has some issues as we see his reclusive self blocking out the world as he cocoons in the evening with an old TV set and old TV shows. But somehow, the food and the ability to communicate with another person who is not satisfied with life during the day, actually gives Sajaan hope and the want to be involved in the world again.
"The Lunchbox" is a beautifully filmed and artistically directly movie that will capture your heart and make you famished! The cooking is just as amazing as the unique lunch packing and delivery system. Nimrat Kaur's performance is outstanding in her representation of many housewives. Her performance, like the story itself, crosses all cultural boundaries.
"The Lunchbox" will truly entertain you (as well as make you hungry). It captures the beauty of India, its residents, and its food. But most importantly, it portrays a love story in a pure and innocent way, capturing your heart.
Listen Thursday, March 13 at 4:30 pm for an interview with filmmaker, Ritesh Batra. In the interview, I have promised the link to Batra's short film CAFE REGULAR, CAIRO so here it is!
CAFE REGULAR, CAIRO SHORT FILM
THE LUNCHBOX TRAILER
Interview with Ritesh Batra
(Information about films showing in the Chicago area are for the week of 3-13-14)