Dabba (The Lunchbox) – **

Posted: September 29, 2014 in 2013, Drama, India, Romance, XX

A young Indian woman prepares a lunchbox for her husband and puts a lot of effort into it, hoping that her cooking will rekindle their love. It’s soon clear that the lunchbox gets delivered to another man: a grumpy accountant, who’s reluctantly in charge of training the guy that will replace him once he retires. However, the lunchbox becomes the highlight of his day and when the woman puts a little letter in it to check if it really gets delivered wrongly, he replies and they start a letter correspondence.

The idea is great. For a book. The fact that they write letters to each other, doesn’t really translate well on the screen. The back and forward reading of the letters is filmed with added visual drama, but it doesn’t help. The preparation of the lunchbox on the other hand is filmed like cooking shows should be made. Eat before you watch this movie or you’ll be really hungry for the entire two hours. Irrfan Khan transformation from being an unpleasant prick to a gentle smiler is predictable, but well done. Too bad there’s almost no humor, unless you find the annoying assistant’s dumb behavior funny.

And in case you are worried: no, there are no Bollywood dance routines.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2350496

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