SOLD OUT: Special Preview Screening of ‘The Lunchbox,’ Winner of the 2013 Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes International Film Festival
Join the writer/director and lead actor of The Lunchbox for a special preview screening of this critically acclaimed film. In a conversation following the screening, Ritesh Batra, Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur will touch upon their experiences in crafting an independent film, and share reflections on Indian films crossing borders and cinematic representations of South Asian culture.
Irrfan Khan is a film actor and recipient of the Padma Shri, the National Film Award for Best Actor, three Filmfare Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He has played the lead role in numerous Hindi films, including The Warrior; Maqbool; Haasil; Paan Singh Tomar and Rog; as well as English-language films including, Slumdog Millionaire; Life of Pi; The Amazing Spider-Man; New York, I Love You; The Namesake; and A Mighty Heart.
Nimrat Kaur is an Indian film and stage actress. Kaur started her career as a print model and soon moved to theatre. Her plays include Baghdad Wedding, All About Women and Red Sparrow. Her first film, Peddlars debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2012.
Ritesh Batra is a film director, whose recent Arab language short film Café Regular, Cairo screened at over 40 international film festivals and won 12 awards. His feature script The Story of Ram was part of the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs in 2009. His debut feature The Lunchbox premiered at the Semaine De La Critique (International Critics Week) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, and has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
Nandini Ramnath is a correspondent for Mint. She covers film and culture with a special focus on independent cinema and documentaries. Ramnath has 15 years of journalistic experience and has worked for various press publications including Time Out Mumbai, NDTV24x7 and The Indian Express. She also writes for Mint's weekend edition Lounge.
About The Lunchbox: This feature film describes denizens of the sprawling Mumbai metropolis in a tale of romance by correspondence. Ila is a pretty house frau who is trying to win the attention of her extraordinarily distracted husband through his stomach. Her lunchbox is delivered to the wrong desk one day; the surprised beneficiary is a lonely accountant on the verge of retirement, Saajan. Realising the mistake that has occurred, Ila encloses a note the next day in which she impulsively reveals some of her frustrations to the perfect stranger. He writes back and, day after day, in handwritten notes that always maintain a dignified tone, they become intimates in a sort of non-literary 84 Charing Cross Road correspondence.
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This programme is part of our AsiaLens series which presents an array of perspectives on the visual and performing arts of modern Asia, offering a vibrant and nuanced view across the continent. Previous events under this series include a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the CSMVS Conservation Centre with Anupam Sah and a lecture with Dr. Sugata Bose on the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore.
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"Lunch After The Lunchbox":
Programme attendees can avail of special discounts on lunch after the film screening.
· Di Napoli: 15% discount on food and beer & 50% discount on any wine bottle or wine cocktail bottle
· NCPA Café: exclusive offer of the Amadeus “Flying Buffet” only for moviegoers
· Sundance Café: 10% discount on meals. Discount available till 7:00pm
· The Sassy Spoon: Exclusive 15% discount available to Asia Society Members and 10% discount available to other attendees
Venue: INOX, 2nd Floor, CR-2, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Time: Registration begins at 11:30 am.
Please arrive no later than 11:45 am to guarantee seating.
Theatre entry will close at 12 noon.
If you are planning to buy refreshments, please arrive early. The film is 1 hour 50 mins long, and will be followed by a 30 min conversation. There will be no interval.