Edited and photographed by Ranabir Das, there is something so beautiful and bold about the stylised, black and white film. It is so comfortable keeping its characters in shadows, so unperturbed by the lacking light.
The assured direction and writing are bolstered by wonderful performances. Even Richa's backbone seems to be acting — her erect posture defies her suffocating surroundings. When a cop asks her why she went to a hotel room with a boy, she replies, "Jigyasa" (Curiosity).
The Lunchbox is one of the greatest films of the past decade and it wouldn't have become what it is without Irrfan; Irrfan, who not only shone bright but also elevated the performance of his co-actors. Such was his magic.
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