Lunchbox is a movie that is being praised from all the corners, hailed by by both moviegoers n critics. The tagline of the movie is ‘Can you fall in love with someone you’ve not met?’ …a bond is developed between a lonely housewife, Ila dealing with apathetic n philandering husband & an about to retire Govt. official , Sajan Fernandes who is equally lonely n desolate,living a solitary life after his wife’s death.
Ila is trying to spice up her floundering marriage by following the old cliche of winning a man’s heart through his stomach. Her game plan is to send sumptuous tiffin box lunches to her husband’s office n thus make him take interest in her! Unfortunately the tiffin box lands up in wrong place n she ends up working her way through the heart of Sajan Fernandes instead of her husband. Notes are exchanged between Ila n Sajan.
The movie didn’t work for me ‘cos I found the characters unidimensional, bland, boring & plain stupid. Sajan gives Ila the hackneyed advice of rekindling romance in her marriage by producing another child! Sajan, writes to her that he has been offered a vertical burial plot – “I’ve spent my life standing in trains and buses,” he says, “now I will have to stand even when I’m dead.” The irony of his advice is totally lost on him. Vertical grave is due to population explosion but still he advises her to produce more children!!
& then he tells her about his experience of being touched ‘down there’ by a grandmotherly toothless lady on a bus! If an old man wrote to me about such sleazy things instead of falling for him, I would be totally creeped out.The exchanges between the two are colorless n vapid n totally illogical. Now, Ila wanted to spice up the marriage by sending special lunch box but apparently she continues to serve bland dinners which the family eats with total disinterest!! & if she were really interested in saving her marriage, she would take steps to have the tiffin delivered to her husband instead of to a random stranger. + I have serious issues with the ‘bored housewife syndrome’. Why are women staying at home be supposed to get bored all the times? There are lots of things she can do to keep her life n herself interesting,instead of complaining about the boredom. n once boredom sets in her life, it gives negative vibes to all around her. Who needs a bored, complaining hag around all the times? Is it her always bored attitude that led her husband to stray in the first place? As the movie proceeds, she devices another mad-hatter scheme to ‘find happiness’..by moving to Bhutan!! ‘cos in that country everyone is happy…as if one can become magically happy by changing places…there is a wise proverb,’wherever you go, there you are.’ Newsflash: Unhappy people will remain unhappy even in Bhutan…n maybe Bhutanese are happy ‘cos they are not trying some silly schemes to escape from reality n by finding happiness in simple things, right where they are.
The movie does have some good moments, especially the idea of a friendly neighborhood aunty for Ila who is present only in voice is interesting, but overall the movie n it’s characters did not strike a chord with me. It is just regular hindi masala film minus the song n dance. The tagline of the movie should have been ‘Can boring/stupid people fall in love?’ Sure they can but we don’t want to watch their boring love story.