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The Lunchbox (द लंचबाक्स) 2013

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BannerDAR Motion Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, NFDC
DirectorRitesh Batra
WriterRitesh Batra
ProducerArun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga
Music DirectorMax Richter
CinematographyMichael Simmonds
Film EditingJohn F. Lyons
Art Director
Camera Operator
Assistant Cameramen
Playback SingersKumar Sanu
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Character Actor/Actress
Saajan FernandesIrrfan Khan
IlaNimrat Kaur
ShaikhNawazuddin Siddiqui
Ila's MotherLillete Dubey
RajeevNakul Vaid
AuntieBharti Achrekar
YashviYashvi Puneet Nagar
Mr. ShroffDenzil Smith
MehrunnisaShruti Bapna
Nasir Khan
Lokesh Raj
Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar
Aarti Rathod
Krishna Bai
Raj Rishi More
Santosh Kumar Chaurasiya
Swapnil Shirirao
Avijit Khanwilkar
Aakash Sinha
Xavier Hodges
Rosemary Hodges
Hubart Vossoaker
Rosemary Vossoaker
Flory Vossoaker
Sebastian Vossoaker
Quitira Vossoaker
Baaburao Sankpal
Chandrakantha Rajani
Kancha Karki
Rajendra Dubey
Narendra Arora
Ashwin Desai
Mahesh Mahadev Salavkar
Krishna Mandal
Calvin Desilva
Craig Narona
Kyeron Kandoria
Shubh Jadav
Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) is a widower who is about to retire from his job as an accountant. Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is a young wife seeking her husband's (Nakul Vaid)'s attention and looking for ways to put romance back into her marriage; one of which is to cook delicious food for him. Through a rare mix-up of the famous "dabbawalas" (a complicated system that picks up and delivers lunches from restaurants or homes to people at work) of Mumbai, the lunchbox Ila prepares for her husband gets delivered, instead, to Saajan. Ila eventually realizes the mistake and with the advice of her neighbor aunty (Bharti Achrekar) living in the apartment above her, writes a letter to Saajan about the mix up and places it in the lunchbox (along with her husband's favorite meal) the next day. An exchange of the messages sent back and forth with the lunches ignites a friendship between the two, as they share memories and events of their own individual lives. At work, Saajan is tasked with training his replacement, Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an orphan whose incompetence initially annoys Saajan, who is already socially distant since his wife's death. Saajan and Shaikh gradually get to know each other better and strike a close friendship as well. At one point, Saajan saves Shaikh's job by covering for his blatant mistakes on pay orders and he also becomes his best man at his wedding with Mehrunissa (Shruti Bapna). At home, Ila finds out that her husband is having an affair and she begins to give up hope on her marriage. In one of the lunchbox letters, she suggests moving to Bhutan where the cost of living is much less than India. Saajan writes back suggesting that the two move there together. Ila then offers to meet in person at a popular food joint, but at the appointed time Saajan doesn't turn up. Upon receiving an empty lunchbox the next day, Saajan writes back to the dejected Ila and apologizes, saying that he did arrive and saw her from a distance but couldn't approach her. He explains how young and beautiful she looked, while surmising that he is too old for her and advising her to move on. Some time later, Ila's father, battling with lung cancer, dies in her mother's care. After her mother (Lilette Dubey) confesses how unhappy her marriage was, Ila decides to search for Saajan, but then learns from Shaikh that he has already retired and headed to Nasik. She writes a last farewell message to Saajan announcing that she has decided to leave her husband and move to Bhutan with her young daughter. Meanwhile, Saajan changes his mind en route to Nasik, returning to Mumbai and going in search of Ila – who is last seen at home waiting for her daughter to return from school – as he gets help from the same dabbawala who regularly picked up and delivered the eponymous lunchbox.
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Release Date20-September-2013
Budget₹ 22 crore (US$3.3 million)
Revenue₹ 100.85 crore (US$15 million)
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Star Guild Awards:

Nominated:
Best Film - Anurag Kashyap, Arun Rangachari and Guneet Monga
Best Director - Ritesh Batra
Best Actor - Irrfan Khan
Best Actress - Nimrat Kaur
Best Screenplay - Ritesh Batra
Best Story - Ritesh Batra
Best Female Debut - Nimrat Kaur

Won:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Star Verdict Performer of the Year - Irrfan Khan

Asia Pacific Screen Awards:

Won:
Best Screenplay - Ritesh Batra
Jury Grand Prize - Ritesh Batra

Asia-Pacific Film Festival:

Nominated:
Best Film - Ritesh Batra
Best Director - Ritesh Batra
Best Actor - Irrfan Khan
Best Actress - Nimrat Kaur

Won:
Best Supporting Actor - Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Best Screenplay - Ritesh Batra
Outstanding Achievement Award - Irrfan Khan

8th Asian Film Awards:

Nominated:
Best Film - The Lunchbox

Won:
Best Actor - Irrfan Khan
Best Screenwriter - Ritesh Batra

Dubai International Film Festival:

Nominated:
Best Film - Feature - Anurag Kashyap, Arun Rangachari and Guneet Monga

Won:
Special Mention - Feature - Ritesh Batra
Best Actor - Feature - Irrfan Khan

Filmfare Awards:

Nominated:
Best Story - Ritesh Batra
Best Editing - John F. Lyons
Best Sound Design - Michael Kaczmarek

Won:
Best Film (Critics) - Ritesh Batra
Best Debut Director - Ritesh Batra
Best Supporting Actor - Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Ghent International Film Festival:

Nominated:
Canvas Audience Award - Ritesh Batra

International Critics' Week:

Won:
Grand Rail d'Or (Viewers' Choice Award) - The Lunchbox

International Indian Film Academy Awards:

Nominated:
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nimrat Kaur
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Best Story - Ritesh Batra

London Film Festival:

Nominated:
Best Film - Ritesh Batra

Oslo Films from the South Festival:

Nominated:
Best Feature - Ritesh Batra

Reykjavík International Film Festival:

Won:
Church of Iceland Award - Ritesh Batra

Screen Weekly Awards:

Nominated:
Best Film - Anurag Kashyap, Arun Rangachari and Guneet Monga
Best Actor - Irrfan Khan
Best Actress - Nimrat Kaur
Best Supporting Actor - Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Best Screenplay - Ritesh Batra
Best Story - Ritesh Batra

Won:
Most Promising Debut Director - Ritesh Batra

Zee Cine Awards:

Nominated:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Best Story - Ritesh Batra

Won:
Best Debuting Director - Ritesh Batra

British Academy Film Awards:

Nominated:
Best Foreign Language Film - Ritesh Batra
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