‘The Lunchbox’ is an enormously likeable Indian romantic comedy-drama. Irrfan Khan plays the grouchy, widowed claims adjuster who discovers that his lunch has been accidentally switched with a co-worker’s. Instead of notifying the delivery service he tucks in, and is transported to culinary heaven in the magical hands of isolated housewife Ila. It’s not long before this mismatched pair are exchanging furtive letters tucked into folded chapatis. The sense of place – bustling, teeming modern Mumbai – is superbly realised, the film is carried off with charm and wit and a pair of very enjoyable central performances. Those who like their character comedy rich and sweet, will find plentiful pleasures in this perfectly handled and beautifully acted film, which contains a quiet storm of banked emotions.
The Lunchbox will be screened on Friday 9th January at 8.00pm (with refreshments available from 7.30) in the Jubilee Hall on Slade Road. Admission is £5.00 (£4.50 concessions) and all are most welcome.