In cinema, food and cooking are common metaphors for love, friendship and identity – take ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’, ‘Babette’s Feast’ or even ‘Chocolat’ as examples. ‘The Lunchbox’ is set in contemporary Mumbai, and explores what happens when a married man’s daily lunchbox is delivered to the wrong person.
The movie works well on a few levels, particularly in exploring loneliness in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. But it’s also a homage to the tough work of the city’s thousands of dabbawalas – the mainly illiterate men who, using a system of marks on lunchboxes, collect, deliver, then return hundreds of thousands of home-cooked meals to offices every day, with never a single dabba (tiffin tin) going astray. In cinemas from Friday April 11, or available to download. Guy Dimond
Read the Time Out Film team’s review of ‘The Lunchbox‘.