The Lunchbox kick-starts Dharamshala Film Festival

The 2nd Dharamshala International Film Festival started on Thursday, with a screening of the popular movie The Lunchbox. The mesmerizing epistolary romance starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui had the audiences there captivated. The movie which was promoted and released by the Bollywood film-maker Karan Johar, later received a standing ovation by the audience which consisted of independent filmmakers, critics and moviegoers from India and abroad.

The film’s co-producer Guneet Monga was overwhelmed by the response and said: “The script got great feedback from everywhere. We got a lot of support from markets and critics. They were the ones who have given us the encouragement. The reactions to the film have been very humbling.”

Set in Mumbai, the story revolves around a mistaken delivery of a lunchbox that leads to a unique relationship between a widower, played by Irrfan, and an unhappy housewife, essayed by Nimrat. It has earned much critical acclaim at various international film festivals and even bagged the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award, also known as Grand Rail d’Or, at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

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