Like an April Fool’s joke, only one in a million Mumbai lunch boxes goes astray, and yet, the unexpected happens . . . Much to like in the new Indian movie, The Lunch Box, (trailer) and I guarantee that if you like Indian food at all, you’ll be ready to go out to dinner afterwards! There’s a clever premise, depending on the accuracy of the Mumbai dabba wallahs to deliver thousands of home-cooked lunches to office workers, on time and still hot.
When a lonely widower receives an unusually delicious meal, a correspondence ensues, that thaws his heart and steels the young woman for what she must do. Truthfully, it dragged somewhat about two-thirds through, but picked up again. Fascinating glimpses into culture and daily life, too. Nice performances by the three leads: familiar actor Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Rotten Tomatoes ratings: 95% (critics) and 87% (audiences).