By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
The phenomenal success that THE LUNCHBOX has achieved in the international circuits is primarily owing to the fact that it indeed is a film which has woven the role of famous dabbawalas of Mumbai into the script. Dabbawalas who became a case study for Harward Business school in THE LUNCHBOX play the role of a cupid. Here are some of the unknown facts about THE LUNCHBOX:
1) The director of the film Ritesh Batra is a quintessential Mumbai boy who has seen the dabbawalas grow around him and has used them as the metaphor for his film.
2) Ritesh Batra worked as a dabbawala for a week along with the Dabbawalas to understand their mechanics and then gave it a cinematic representation.
3) Ritesh Batra is among those rare individuals who has walked into the world of films, as he studied economics and worked as a consultant before deciding to chuck it all and hold the microphone in his hands.
4) THE LUNCHBOX has already been sold to 30 different territories internationally and would perhaps be the first Indian film which has been produced by 3 foreign producers- ASAP Films of France, Rohfilm of Germany and Cinemosaic of America along with NFDC, Sikhya Entertainment, Dharma Productions and DAR films from India.
5) Perhaps THE LUNCHBOX could be the first film in the recent times which would give a realistic character portrayal to the Catholics of Mumbai, character being played by Irrfan Khan.
6) It is one trip down nostalgic memory lane, revisiting the serials like 'Ye Jo Hai Zindagi', 'Nukkad' and 'Buniyaad'.
THE LUNCHBOX would be the first film from India that would be releasing in 100 screens in Germany.
One only hopes that with the new breed of directors like Ritesh Batra coming back to make movies, India cinema would start being seen in a new light the world over.