Monday, September 23, 2013

Life in Lunch Box!

The Lunchbox



Am not going to write review of the movie where most of it would be what the movie is all about! For that you can read this link or all those reviews thats making rounds!

These are my thoughts/reflections after watching this movie.

After English Vinglish, This is one such movie which brings into light how a woman gets entrapped in married life and loses her individuality and is taken for granted!

Be it Ila or her mother or Mrs.Deshpande(the neighbor); each woman portrays life of so many women in our society , where their life after wedding revolves completely around their husband. Each stage of how, they as person have got so lost that even though they are lonely still they can't imagine a life alone!

The difference from English Vinglish is that this movie has another angle, that of Men - of an Old man who is facing a life of retirement and a young man whose life is just starting!  The loneliness and  longingness of having someone around, of the small pleasures, of life in general and hopes! They are so different in character but still so alike in their life!

A simple,  heart warming of story of Saajan Fernandes, Ila and Shaik , who are just anyone whom we know. We just have to look around! A Film that portrays their relationships and how they try to realize what life is!
Some of the Dialogues, written in letters, are hard hitting facts of life - sample this : "We are all moving so fast, trying to have what others have "!!(I might not have got the exact line )

And the best part is the innocence. The small girl, Heroine's kid is just a kid and not a "smart kid who knows everything /understands everything" as most of the movies show. She just follows her mother where ever she asks and with her expressions and body language shows her loneliness, boredom and happiness just like we all have done in our childhood!

And then is the letters (I love such stories!), a strong medium of communication and a way to just write what we want to/feel!

There are no villains or scheming people who try to torture the heroes. Its the life and the various situation which all of us are familiar  with that our heroes go through, but then these are dealt in lighter still  firm manner. It doesn't make you cry but actually smile and a sense of hope when the film ends. An ending which we can imagine as we want since the life of such heroes still goes on!

Beyond all this is ofcourse the food packed in the Lunch box. In this generation, where we are running behind god knows what and complain that we don't have time and even skip breakfast, lunch or dinner; each item they show in the screen makes you fall in love with food. The love with which lunch is prepared , the art of how neighbor with just aroma tells Ila what spice is missing in her food to the different food items cooked and packed made even a non-foodie like me hungry!

Time for us to reflect in our life and appreciate those in our lives and cherish those moments which make our life meaningful!

Life is like a lunch box. Some days when we open them, the food is yummy and aroma beautiful. Life is equally good and enjoyable. And then there are days, when it might have some dish we might not like or not be hot as we want! All part of life :)

All I can say is don't miss this Lunchbox! :)