The Lunch Box
Updated: Dec 23, 2022
Don’t know how many of you have already seen this new Bollywood movie – The Lunch Box. I feel privileged to have been able to see this today. Privileged I say with a huge amount of respect to the concept and creation that I saw today. It is a must-watch for all the people who have loved reading my blogposts so far. This movie makes you think at all levels. Obviously it is a serious matured cinema, may not go well if you are in a weekend light hearted mood.
I am a very emotional person and can easily relate to the pain of others. This movie though works differently. It is no where loud on the pain element, the characters are just leading normal lives… The director leaves it to you to identify pain and relate to them at levels where you can connect. Apart from the strong story line, a very strong star cast – who to me are truly seasoned actors – adds icing to the cake.
I am not going to give away any of the story here as I don’t like it myself when movie reviewers get carried away and divulge all the fun. Watch it for yourself.
You know, in this big universe each one of us are such small elements, however still everyday we think of ourselves as some big shot. Each day we struggle to make ourselves known. Each day we forget about all the good things we have and run after things we don’t have. Each day we feel that God is being unfair on us and have given us the worst life. Other’s life always seems better than ours. A long time ago I had written a post called ‘Mine is Bigger’ – the movie brought home the concept for me. We always feel that my pain, my suffering, my experience is the worst, the biggest, bigger than everybody I know. This movie makes you rethink this, without being preachy at all.
I have always believed that cinema is a powerful method of social work, and this movie just explores that aspect so beautifully. Just talking about a simple life of two individuals – to whom you can relate yourself so well – the movie gives away important messages of life.
I am glad that not all film makers and actors are running after making commercial cinema – 200 crore rupees club is the new buzz word in tinsel town. Obviously I am not saying that light hearted cinema is not useful, sometimes you don’t want to watch a miserable life on a 22m screen and fantasy world seems a perfect way to getaway and unwind. But the so called ‘parallel’ cinema is what kicks me after a tiring day at work. There is so much pain in the world, mine cannot be the biggest!
Therefore, every day thank God for everything you have got. Thank your country for everything it has given you. Thank your family for everything they have helped you with. Life is too short and we are too little in this cosmos – therefore, just be happy and spread happiness around!