This screening will be introduced by Dr Muzna Rahman, Lecturer, Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Already a classic of Indian cinema, director Ritesh Batra’s finely tuned love story was an unexpected international success. Featuring a triptych of striking performances from Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, this is an endearing work that connects food and romance with a beguiling charm. Shot entirely on location in Mumbai, Batra’s script incorporates the tradition of dabbawallas who deliver hot food in tiffins to workers during lunchtime. The lunchtime ritual of eating that ensues leads to comical exchanges between a master and his apprentice. Perhaps most excitedly, the film launched the career of Ritesh Batra and reiterated the brilliance of Irrfan Khan’s acting prowess. The film won numerous awards and controversially missed out on being India’s Oscar entry for 2013.