The real reason why a film manages to work at the Box Office is because of its content and though formulaic films are faring well in short term, long term value of content driven films is greater. While Grand Masti and Phata Poster Nikhla Hero has become obsolete at the box office, The Lunchbox is still faring commendably well.


At the conclusion of its 3rd Week, the film raked up 3.41 crores at the box office, thus escalating its domestic total to 22.21 crores at the Domestic Box Office.

Irrfan Khan in a still from The Lunchbox
Irrfan Khan in a still from The Lunchbox

The film was amongst the forerunners at being India’s choice of Oscar has won marvelous critical acclaim at most International film Festivals. Tracing the sweet and tender companionship of two people who fall in love via notes exchanged in dabbas. Despite having a hint of unreality in it, the film is still going down well with the audiences especially in the multiplexes!

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  1. Lunchbox do not work for intelligent movie goers. it’s a defective story. at least for me.
    lets analyse. a wife is more concern about writing letters n sending the lunch to the stranger rather than investigating the food goes where when husband complains that he eats same junk food everyday. no wife in india would do so. now people tell me what you like in the movie other than the power pack performance of Irfan khan which is second to Nawazuddin Siddiqui who played a tailor edge cutting role. the script needed some alterations for me it’s not Oscar entry level at all. if it’s working good, it’s good for the film. what can i say about the indian audience who till today did not understand a Cinema. A bodyguard, a ek tha tiger, a RaOne, a Chennai express, a Rawdy rathod can become big hits how can we educate such film goers? i’m tired i gave up.

    • friction is about the fantasy of writer. you can say there should be rationale in story telling. it should not challenge your intelligence. so be judgmental but not over react to every situation presented to you.


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