In this heartwarming romantic comedy, a happy accident by a Mumbai lunch delivery service brings together a widowed accountant and a lonely housewife.
Each day a lonely young wife cooks meals for her workaholic husband and sends them to him via a lunch box delivery system that services thousands of office workers in Mumbai. When one of her boxes mistakenly reaches Saajan (Irrfan Khan) a melancholy, widowed, retirement-bound accountant, he instantly falls for the anonymous creator of the delicacies. Halting, tentative communications ensue. Is this an unlikely story of a burgeoning friendship, or another tale about the irreducible loneliness of the big city? First-time writer-director Ritesh Batra interweaves this character study with documentary-style footage of the “dabbawallahs” who connect home-cooked meals with harried office workers. And Khan’s (Life of Pi) mesmerizing presence anchors and sustains this elegant Chekhovian comedy-drama. (India, subtitled, 2013, 104m) Courtesy of Sony Classics
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