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Nimrat Kaur is a natural.

Review of “The Lunchbox” by director Ritesh Batra

You may have heard buzz surrounding this movie, which has been garnering accolades at film festivals around the world. A simple story told by a debutant director with a documentary filmmaking background, it is packed with seemingly effortless yet powerful performances. Set in Mumbai, this drama begins with Ila, played by Nimrat Kaur, cooking a delicious meal and carefully packing it into a tiffin for her husband. She hopes the meal will somehow bridge the silent distance between them. A delivery mistake by the dabbawala (lunchbox service of Mumbai) leads to an unlikely friendship between a lonely widower and an unhappy young housewife. Leading a solitary existence, Irfan Khan plays widower Saajan Fernandez, a meticulous employee in a government office set for early retirement. As usual, Khan becomes completely enveloped in his character with each minute action. The story progresses as he and Ila start exchanging notes delivered through the daily lunchbox.

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Irfan Khan is perfect in “The Lunchbox”

Always in perfect form, Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Shaikh, the young replacement he must train. Without revealing details, Fernandez gains back an appreciation for life, thanks to the relationships he has formed with Ila and even Shaikh. Lillete Dubey shines in her scenes as Ila’s mother. We are reminded that food brings people together. And in the age of Internet and social media, people still crave a genuine human connection, the value of which is priceless. While it addresses themes of loneliness, loss and despair, the movie will not leave you disheartened, thanks to several lighter moments. (Apparently, even all dabbawallas know they are cited as a model of efficiency by Harvard.) Khan has reportedly said this film “is a complete dish.” I wholeheartedly agree. If you have a discerning palate for sensitive cinema, “The Lunchbox” is a treat is not to be missed. Watch it and share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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Rishi and Neetu Kapoor play police.

“BesharamStarring Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Javed Jaffrey; directed by Abhinav Kashyap; music by Lalit Pandit.

After a successful debut with 2010’s “Dabangg,” this latest comic escapade from director Abhinav Kashyap features yet another Chulbul. It’s a family affair as the versatile Ranbir Kapoor is joined on-screen for the first time by his legendary parents Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Ranbir plays Babli, a street smart car mechanic living in a Delhi orphanage. He is charismatic and lives life to the fullest. He also happens to steal cars to support his orphanage. He has no concept of right or wrong until he unknowingly hurts the love of his life, Tara played by Pallavi Sharda.

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Pallavi Sharda and Ranbir Kapoor in “Besharam”

Soon, he is chased by cop couple Chulbul and Bulbuol Chautala, played by Rishi and Neetu Kapoor. Expect many laughs as Babli realizes there are many ways of doing the wrong thing. Eventually, Babli sets out to correct all the wrongs in his life, doing so in his own shameless way. Listen for Ranbir’s singing debut in one of the songs. Daler Mehndi, Mika and Sunidhi Chauhan sing an item number for the star cast sure to appeal to all three Kapoor fans.


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