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The Lunchbox

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm


India- 2013 -104mins. -Drama/Romance - PG One of Mumbai's miracles is the lunchbox delivery phenomenon. Mumbai's Dabbawallahs are 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. For 120 years they have provided Mumbaikars with a taste of home in the office. They navigate through the overcrowded local trains, and chaotic streets - that often have a namesake or more than one name. The Dabbawallahs are illiterate; they use a complex coding system of colors and symbols to deliver dabbas in the labyrinth that is Mumbai. Harvard University analyzed their delivery system, and concluded that just one in 4 million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. ‘Dabba' is the story of that one lunchbox. A wrongly delivered lunchbox connects a housewife - Ila Vaid, to Saajan Fernandes, a lonely man in the dusk of his life. Ila lives in Kandivili, 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 of Mumbai. Very soon Saajan will retire and bid goodbye to a Mumbai that 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 big city, that crushes dreams and recycles them everyday, both find a dream to hold on to. They exchange notes in the lunchbox and create a fantasy life. As the lunchbox goes back and forth, this fantasy becomes so elaborate that it threatens to overwhelm their reality.


The Lunchbox is either a piquant romance or a wise comedy. The director's confidence with such a delicate story makes it successful as both.

There are no big scenes or intense dramatic moments; it's filled with observational details about character and place, adding up to a subtle but memorable look at desperate lives in transition.

The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries.

Upcoming Events & Info

Special Screening

On Monday 27th October at 6.30 pm there will be a Special Screening of Boyhood.

Italian Film Festival

The Italian Film Festival is now on running until the 12th October at the Brisbane Palace Centro. For more details go to

Heart of Gold

From October 9-12 the 2014 Heart of Gold International Film Festival will present Australian and International short films that are entertaining, thought-provoking, hilarious and express a positive view of the world and humanity.

Waiting List

The membership renewals are now closed. The new membership year starts on 1st October when we will once again be opening the Waiting List until the limit is reached. Enter your details in the “Become a Member” section and you will receive notification that your application has been accepted.

Message from the Committee

  Please be advised that random checks of Membership Cards will be conducted at future screenings.

Noosa 5 News

The series of Metropolitan Opera Winter Series continues with Romeo and Juliet on 11th & 12th October. Bookings for the Met Opera 2014/15 are now available. A Special Performance of Billy Elliot the Musical will be screened on 5th October at 3.30 pm. For more details ask at the Book Office.

Diarise these Dates for 2014

10th September, 8th October & 22nd October, 5th November & 19th November, 3rd December.

For more information and tickets ask at the Box Office.