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Long overdue “Lunchbox” review

Too much adulation for a film that is flawed though it has some nice touches too

Lunchbox poster

So what’s flawed about “Lunchbox”?

Simple, the director could have just used “Swiggy” or “Zomato” or a fictional delivery service provider in the film, as the ones that I have mentioned have flouted rules and one even stole food on the route to delivery.

2. For all the good food that gets delivered the protagonist has absolutely no gratitude to Thank the person cooking it. Instead he has comments and complaints that the food was too salty, too much spice etc., not one comment of appreciation or a “Thank You” note. That was too ungrateful.

3. Two pain in the butt characters, a. Auntie. Right from the very beginning her voice was introduced I knew that Auntie wasn’t going to be revealed in person. The silence and lovely pace of the film is constantly broken with cacophony when the character played by Nimrat Kaur keeps yelling “Auntie, Auntie….” and has to scream to her during the conversations through her kitchen window as “Auntie” resides on the floor above her. This loud calling and speaking is nothing short of irritating. This “novelty” from the Director has certainly backfired.

b. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, A problem if you have a talented actor. I am not sure if his presence was used to deliberately introduce a painful character as this or if it actually happened that way. Just imagine, apart from the painful dialogues Nawaz’s character delivers, he also has a weird habit of slicing onions on his office file on the way back home (his idea is to help his wife with her cooking) in the crowded train in Mumbai. Didn’t the director have anything better to do with this character. Best of all he should have replaced Nawazuddin with some other character in that role.

The cinematography is good and the the pace of the narration nice, otherwise this is just a film hyped unnecessarily. Although I don’t recall much now, I think the background score was good too. For the Oscar submission there was a hue and cry about this film not being selected by the jury. If only they took a moment to watch the film that was sent instead, the Gujarati film “The Good Road” they would have realized their unwanted protest in favor of “Lunchbox”. What a superb road trip film, “The Good Road” was. I liked it even when watching without subtitles, a short while ago. I highly recommend watching “The Good Road” and I hope to come out with a review soon.

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Subash Sarath Lakshmi

Software Programmer turned Technical Writer, Writer, Blogger, Trainer, spiritual seeker tyring to better my life and the lives of others via my writings.