Lunch and The Lunchbox

By Mary Norquist

Come join in the fun when Mujeres en Cambio hosts its August luncheon. This time, you’ll not only get a great lunch in a box filled with Indian food delicacies, but you’ll get to see The Lunchbox, a movie which has been critically acclaimed worldwide.

Lunch and Movie
The Lunchbox
A Benefit for Mujeres en Cambio
Wed, Aug 20, 12pm
The Pocket Theater
Hernández Macías 95
200 pesos
La Conexion, (Aldama 3 and Cafe Monet) and Solutions on Mesones

The Lunchbox is a 2013 Indian romantic film written and directed by Ritesh Batra and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, and Arun Rangachari. The film was jointly produced by various studios and it stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The film was screened during International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and later won the Critics Week Viewers’ Choice Award also known as Grand Rail d’Or.

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.

This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an 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 onto in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

This is an enchanting film that will leave you smiling and thinking about how a small mistake can change one’s world. As Saajan’s friend said to him, “Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station.”

Mujeres en Cambio is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for underserved young women in and around the San Miguel area.

Lunch and Movie, The Lunchbox, a benefit for Mujeres en Cambio, Wednesday, August 20, 12pm, The Pocket Theater, Hernández Macías 95, 200 pesos, La Conexion, (Aldama 3 and Cafe Monet) and Solutions on Mesones.


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