One of the most acclaimed movies of recent times, The Lunchbox , has released in Zurich, a unique occurrence indeed for a Hindi film.
“It’s freezing here, but Zurich is gorgeous. We’re promoting the film here for a weekend release,” lead actor Nimrat Kaur said from Zurich.
The Swiss media and movie lovers are reportedly agog about this unconventional love story between two bereft souls in Mumbai who never meet.
“After the film releases here in Zurich, we are off to Berlin to promote it. We’ll be in Germany for a week. Then we proceed to France to promote the film in French cities for a week,” added Nimrat.
Speaking on the film’s journey, director Ritesh Batra said, “The love for the film has been beyond anything I expected. All the love that the film got outside India would not have meant anything if it didn’t succeed at home. I think it worked in India because it’s a sincere attempt to look at Mumbai and its people.”
The Lunchbox was made with French and German collaboration, and hence the wide release in Europe.
“Only 50 per cent of the money (for the film) came from India. The rest we had to generate from outside India. There was also a German and a French producer.”
The film stars Irrfan Khan as the male lead, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a supporting role.