The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will screen The Lunchbox on 2 August at 7 pm. The Lunchbox won the best screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards & Asia Pacific Film Festival 2013. The Indian indie film is a celebration of romance and food, and features Bollywood/Hollywood crossover star Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire).
Mumbai’s remarkable dabba (lunchbox) delivery system inspires the story. It’s a system in which only one in four million homecooked meals is incorrectly delivered. That one wayward lunch links a housewife with an office worker in the dusk of his life. Ila (Nimrat Kaur), an eager young wife, tries to impress her distant husband through her outstanding cooking. Saajan (Khan), a disillusioned office worker, is about to retire, further emphasising his solitary existence. The lunchbox triggers a correspondence between the two, leading them into a rich fantasy.
With perfect performances and deft direction by Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox is a sweet love story that has charmed audiences around the world.
Published in Indian diaspora magazine, Sydney