The Lunchbox ★★★★

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A fine little slice of life that manages to be better than its conventional plotting might suggest. The performances from Nimran Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and of course the great Irrfan Khan (R.I.P.) gave this film the charm and melancholy to stay fully engaging for me. The simple conceit of a misplaced lunchbox turned out to be a great setup for a romantic drama, and the eventual epistolary storytelling that it brings with it reveals a lot about how much we should truly appreciate seemingly antiquated forms of communication. The notes that Ila and Saajan write to each other certainly made for compelling storytelling and romance than many romantic dramas and comedies are capable of doing. At least for me.

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