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About The Lunchbox

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in their virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Associate Producer

John Lyons, Sahab Narain

Executive Producer

Ritesh Batra, Irrfan Khan, Vikramjit Roy, Lydia Dean Pilcher


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Ritesh Batra, Rutvik Oza


Nina Gupta, Siddharth Kapur, Shahnaab Alam, Sunil John, Benny Drechsel, Nittin Keni, Vivek Rangachari, Danis Tanovic, Marc Baschet, Cedomir Kolar, Karsten Stöter


Anurag Kashyap, Arun Rangachari


Ritesh Batra