The Lunchbox out on the BFI Player from 11 April

Crossed wires and swapped lunches make for a delicious feel-good romance in Ritesh Batra’s Mumbai-set charmer, which will be available on the BFI Player from its first day of release in cinemas.

The Lunchbox (2013) trailer

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in a charming new Indian drama that’s enchanted festival audiences around the globe and now arrives on the BFI Player on 11 April, the same day it’s released in cinemas.

Winner of an audience award at Cannes and a best film nomination at last year’s BFI London Film Festival, The Lunchbox is the story of a lonely Mumbai office worker who receives the wrong packed lunch after a mix-up by the city’s famous dabbawala couriers. He’s so impressed by the contents that he returns a note to its sender – a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) trying to rouse her husband’s affections.

So begins a letter-based romance in the vein of such classics as The Shop around the Corner (1940). But this deceptively simple set-up belies an intelligent, beguiling and understated drama packed with mouthwatering food and delightful insight.

With winning performances from veteran actors Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, first-time director Ritesh Batra has reworked the classic ingredients of the ‘meet cute’ romantic comedy into a disarmingly original concoction.

The Lunchbox will be available on the BFI Player from 11 April. The BFI Player is available on desktop, android devices, iPads and now iPhones.

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