Top-Notch Bollywood

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Irrfan Khan stars in a new romantic Indian film.

Once you get over the plot contortions required to set up the premise of the Indian film The Lunchbox—a dejected housewife in Mumbai makes a gourmet lunch every day for a curmudgeonly widower she’s never met, and there begins an unlikely epistolary romance—you’re treated to a cinematic gem with a deeply human heart. It’s anchored by the great Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) and features the most appetizing food sequences since Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman. In select theaters in February.