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

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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.

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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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