SIMON SAYS: The Lunchbox (2013) is a tasty treat


Directed by Ritesh Batra. Starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur.

Amidst the chaos and colour of a wonderfully hectic Mumbai, comes this simple yet charming tale of love and culinary excellence!

Saajan, a grumpy office worker, nearing retirement, has only 30 years worth of tedious paperwork to look back on and contemplate, when unexpectedly the wrong lunch box is dropped on his desk.

Ila, the sender, intends it for her cheerless, ungrateful husband. Disappointed by his lack of response, she includes a letter the following day, not realising the lunch box had never reached her spouse.


Saajan, meanwhile, so impressed by the delicious food, decides to write back and the correspondence begins!

A wonderful mix of ’84 Charing Cross Road’ combined with ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ ensues, with the aromatic spice of India thrown in.

the-lunchbox05Saaja’s eyes are finally opened to Ila’s mission in life – but will Ila find the happiness she deserves? Watch it and find out.


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New Releases: 6th May


the-impossible-movieEpic true-life tale of a family caught in the 2004 Tsunami which so devastated communities in South-East Asia, causing huge loss of life. “Devastating and uplifting” and “epic and intimate”. Well. Starring Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive) and Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting). Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage). Cert. 12



quartet-quadThis year’s Best Exotic Marigold Hotel-stand in. Dustin Hoffman directs an outstanding British cast in this “uplifting” and “life affirming” comedy set in a grand old manor for retired musicians. Every year, to celebrate the birthday of Verdi, the residents perform a concert but this year a couple of new residents (including Maggie Smith as an operatic grand dame) complicate plans and the concert threatens to unravel. Cert. 12



Midnights-Children-posterBased on the book by Salman Rushdie and directed by the wonderful Deepa Mehta (Earth, Fire, Water). Two children, switched at birth (which coincides with the moment of India’s independence), grow up living a life intended for the other in a new India whose ups and downs are inextricably linked to their own. Powerful and vibrant; at times beautiful, at times disturbing. Starring Satya Bhabha (New Girl) and Charles Dance (Gosford Park, Swimming Pool). Cert. 12



The_Facility_DVD_O_Card_AGIThe murderous side-effects of a new drug come screaming to the surface of the seven volunteers on whom it is being tested. Cert. 18


by Dixie Turner