THE LUNCHBOX

By Ritesh BATRA

DAR MEDIA PVT.TD. - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2013


    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • INDIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, USA
    • Languages
    • HINDI, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ritesh BATRA
    • Writer(s)
    • Ritesh BATRA, Rutvik OZA
    • Producer(s)
    • Anurag KASHYAP (AKFPL), Arun RANGACHARI (DAR Media Pvt. Ltd.), Guneet MONGA (Sikhya Entertainment)
    • Synopsis
    • One of Mumbai's miracles is the lunchbox delivery phenomenon. Mumbai's Dabbawallahs are a community of 5000 dabba (lunchbox) deliverymen. It is a hereditary profession. Every morning the Dabbawallahs deliver hot meals from the kitchens of housewives to the offices of their husbands, and then return the empty lunchboxes back to the homes in the afternoon. For 120 years they have provided Mumbaikars with a taste of home in the office. They navigate through the overcrowded local trains, and chaotic streets - that often have a namesake or more than one name. The Dabbawallahs are illiterate; they use a complex coding system of colors and symbols to deliver dabbas in the labyrinth that is Mumbai. Harvard University analyzed their delivery system, and concluded that just one in 4 million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. ‘Dabba' is the story of that one lunchbox.
      A wrongly delivered lunchbox connects a housewife - Ila Vaid, to Saajan Fernandes, a lonely man in the dusk of his life. Ila lives in Kandivili, the conservative middle class Hindu enclave. And Saajan lives in Ranwar village, Bandra, an old Christian neighborhood that is threatened by the new high rises of Mumbai. Very soon Saajan will retire and bid goodbye to a Mumbai that crushed his dreams, took away his loved ones one by one, and turned his hair white. Just then Ila comes into his life. In the big city, that crushes dreams and recycles them everyday, both find a dream to hold on to. They exchange notes in the lunchbox and create a fantasy life. As the lunchbox goes back and forth, this fantasy becomes so elaborate that it threatens to overwhelm their reality.
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