The Lunchbox (Dabba)


A big hit at international festivals and a sure crowd pleaser this is a rich and satisfying drama set in colourful Mumbai.  The film revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between Saajan, a lonely soon to be retired office worker and  Ila, an unhappy housewife.

Dir: Ritesh Batra

Audience Score: 86%


  • Hugely enjoyable! Well acted – a lovely film
  • Such a lovely film, sad, happy, funny. Can’t wait to eat some Indian food.
  • Really enjoyed it.
  • I enjoyed the film, it was funny and good.
  • A charming film which highlights the loneliness and search for meaning that we all share. But it gives us hope that we can find friendship even with complete strangers.
  • Scrumptious!
  • A tasty film! Two sad and lonely people plus a joker! Excellent film.
  • Great film. Thank you
  • Ponderous but drew you in. The ambiguous ending was infuriating
  • Slow start but drew me in. Not the ending I expected. Loved Indian life.
  • Tender – hoped there would be ‘happy ever after’ at the end…!
  • A charming, culinary tale – 2 souls amongst many in crowded India.

Reviews: IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

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