THE SCENE CLUB DUBAI TO SCREEN “THE LUNCHBOX” THIS RAMADAN
Dubai: 3rd July 2014 By: Zulfiqar Shah
The Scene Cub will continue its monthly screenings also during the holy month of Ramadan and it will show the world sensation THE LUNCHBOX by Indian director Ritesh Batra. The screening will take place on 9th July at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre and, to allow for Iftar, the event will start one hour later than usual, with the film commencing at 9pm. Entry is on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and guests are requested to arrive at 8pm to collect their pre-booked complimentary tickets.
The Scene Club is Dubai’s first-established film club, monthly showcasing the best of world independent cinema; it is run with the support of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage and Dubai International Film Festival.
Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement.Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hope of getting to the bottom of the mystery.
This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.
“Dabba” (the film’s original title) is strikingly the first feature film for young director Ritesh Batra and Variety magazine called it “a notable debut from tyro helmer-scripter”.
Loved by all and everywhere on the planet, THE LUNCHBOX created a world sensation and on its premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2013 it received a nearly 15 minutes standing ovation. It then went on to screen at numerous international film festivals, winning 19 awards and picking up 32 nominations.
Language: Hindi and English with English subtitles
Duration: 104 minutes
Tickets to The Scene Club are complimentary and are given on a “first-come, first-served” basis on the night of the screening from 8pm at the club’s Ticket Desk at Knowledge Village Conference Centre. Pre-booking at thesceneclub.com is required, as priority is given to the people who have reserved a ticket. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time at 8pm to avoid disappointment, as seats are limited and the screenings are hugely popular. Between 8pm and 8.45pm all guests can meet fellow film enthusiasts in The Scene Club networking lounge, while enjoying complimentary refreshments, and the will promptly start at 9pm.