V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Dabba

V' 13

Dabba

Lunchbox

Ritesh Batra
Indien/D/F/USA, 2013
Fiction, 105min, OmdU

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Dabba

Ritesh Batra
Indien/D/F/USA, 2013
Fiction, 105min, OmdU

Actors: 
Nimrat Kaur
Ila
Saajan
Irrfan Khan
Saajan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Denzil Smith
Bharati Achrekar
Nakul Vaid
Yashvi Puneet Nagar
Lillette Dubey
Screenplay: 
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Sound: 
Michael Kaczmarek
Camera: 
Michael Simmonds
Editor: 
John F. Lyons
Composer: 
Max Richter
Decoration: 
Shruti Gupte
Costume: 
Niharika Bhasin Khan

Production: 
Sikhya Entertainment
Dar Motion Pictures
NFDC
ROH Films
A.S.A.P. Films
Arte France Cinéma
Cine Mosaic
World Sales: 
The Match Factory
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

One of Mumbai’s miracles are the dabbawallahs – a community of 5000 dabba (lunchbox) deliverymen. it is a hereditary profession. every morning the dabbawallahs deliver hot meals from the kitchens of housewives to the offices of their husbands, and then return the empty lunchboxes back to the homes in the afternoon. A mistakenly delivered lunchbox connects a housewife, Ila, to Saajan, a lonely man in the dusk of his life. Ila lives in Dadar, the conservative middle class Hindu enclave. And Saajan lives in Ranwar village, Bandra, an old Christian neighborhood that is threatened by the new high rises in Mumbai. Very soon saajan will retire and bid goodbye to a Mumbai that has crushed his dreams, took away his loved ones one by one, and turned his hair white. Just then Ila comes into his life.

In the presence of Ritesh Batra.

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