Directors draw inspiration from people and their stories. We are the directors of our own life…so why do we hesitate in taking inspiration from movies? Yes, movies can be a great source of inspiration too! And one such movie was ‘The Lunchbox’. Who would have imagined that a simple love story of an aged man and a young housewife through letters can teach beautiful lessons about life and relationships? Well, director Ritesh Batra made that possible!
So grab your lunchbox…we mean tub of popcorn and let’s re-visit the movie and look at the important lessons that would help us lead a happier life:
1. Don’t Be Afraid Of Socializing With New People
As humans, we do tend to get bored of the same people we meet every day. But when given a chance to socialize with others, many of us choose to remain reserved than letting our hair down. But isn’t life all about meeting new people, listening to their stories and gaining new experiences?
“We forget things if we have no one to tell them to”
That is a line which Irrfan Khan’s character Saajan Fernandes writes to the woman he speaks to daily through letters. Shedding her inhibitions and communicating with a man she doesn't even know must have been a tough call for the housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) too. But one step from both Ila and Saajan not only changed their lives but also gave them a whole new perspective to look at things.
So never stop yourself from being the name on everyone’s lips. Stop being the frog from the well…jump out and explore the world and give yourself chances!
2. Getting Rid Of Your Insecurities Will Open Many More Doors
Ever wondered how your perception about your looks stops you from going behind the person you love? Or how your inner insecurities about yourself stop you from chilling out with people?
It was perhaps the attitude of Aslam Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) which made us adore him throughout the movie. In spite of being an orphan and having struggled all his life, he knew how to face challenges and get what he wants. No wonder he was adamant to marry the one he loves even if her father called him dark-skinned and short-heighted; and even if there would be no one from his side on his wedding day.
On the other hand Irrfan’s Saajan Fernandes was so insecure about his age that he feared confronting Ila while she waited at the restaurant for him.
So get rid of your insecurities, fall in love with yourself; and watch how the smile on your face comes back!
3. It is Important To Take A Stand For Yourself
And this is exactly yet another thing to learn from Shaikh! When he realized that Saajan would not teach him the technicalities of his new job, he took a stand for himself. What followed next was Saajan giving in to Shaikh’s confidence and agreeing to help him.
In a world where everyone is waiting to pull you down, it is important to be your own support and take a stand for yourself! After all, if you won’t then who else would?
4. If A Relationship Does Not Give You Happiness, Then MOVE ON!
If a relationship does not reciprocate what you give to it, then MOVE ON, no matter how tough it might be…
It was quite evident from the start that Ila’s husband Rajiv was just not that much into her. And after living the boring and routine life of a housewife who does not get the required happiness from her husband, we felt extremely happy for her when she finally took the decision to move on and live the life she wants.
You are not a slave…you deserve to be loved and to be happy. So wouldn’t it be a better option to bear the pain of separation than suffering throughout your life?
5. Nothing Better Than Utilizing Idle Time to The Best
We don’t say that you are wasting your time. What we are saying is that one can make amazing use of the idle time they get.
Remember how Shaikh used to start chopping vegetables on his way back home in the local trains? Well, time to learn from him on how to save time and keep your wife happy, even if that means giving the cover of the claims files the fragrance of tomatoes and garlic! *winks*
Life, as we know it, is truly like a Lunchbox…filled with various spices; and made by the one who loves us a lot. However, it is finally upon us as to how we eat it and with whom we decide to share it….