Film society to show ‘The Lunchbox’ at two October screenings

For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama “The Lunchbox.” The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View and at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach. Doors at Midway will open at 6:30 p.m.

In the tradition of an old Hollywood-style film, “The Lunchbox” tells the tale of beautiful Ila, a neglected housewife who tries to spice up her marriage through her cooking. She pours herself into meals she lovingly creates for her husband, but they are mistakenly delivered to another man — a lonely widower named Saajan.

The mis-deliveries continue, and they begin a secret relationship, communicating through a series of lunchbox notes. Though chaste and brief, the messages become the focus of their days, and they find themselves sharing their innermost thoughts and reflections. Still strangers physically, Illa and Saajan build a fantasy world, through their notes, that could jeopardize both their realities.

Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Mary Houlihan said of the film: “Indian director Ritesh Batra’s debut is a witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes, sorrows and regrets of ordinary people.”

Winner of the Critics Week Viewers’ Choice Award at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival and shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival “The Lunchbox” was made in India and has a runtime of 104 minutes. It is rated PG, and is in Hindi and English with English subtitles.

A post-film discussion will be led by Vijay Nilekani after the Oct. 24 screening at Movies at Midway. Nilekani was born in India, where he received his undergraduate degree. He worked as an engineer in the United States, India, South Africa, Canada and Japan until his retirement in 2014. He has been a Delaware resident for the past 30 years. He has been a film buff all his life and is passionate about good cinema and video.

Admission for Monthly Screenings costs $4 for Rehoboth Beach Film Society members (current membership card must be presented), and $6 for non-members. Tickets will be sold at the door to each screening on a first-come, first-served basis. On the evening of the screening, attendees at the Ocean View showing can receive 10 percent off the price of The Den’s regular dinner entrees. The restaurant begins serving dinner at 4:30 p.m.; reservations and early arrivals for dinner are encouraged.

For more information on this series or other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at or call (302) 645-9095.