Today I’m writing about a movie that not only touched my heart but also made me look at things from a different prospective. You know I love horror movies but this is not a horror movie…so please keep on reading.
“The Lunchbox” is an Indian movie released this year, 2013. I can’t compare it to any movie I saw recently since this particular movie brought life back to life.
Irrfan Khan played the role of a middle-aged accountant, who one day got someone else’s lunchbox by mistake. Eventually, he and the woman who prepared that lunchbox (played by Nimrat Kaur) started exchanging notes through the lunchbox. Slowly they got closer even though they never met in person. Irrfan Khan is my favorite actor, he has the ability to bring every character he plays to life. His facial expressions communicate the right feeling at the right scene and moment. In this movie, he showed us that life can be enjoyed no matter who you are and what you do.
Nimrat Kaur, plays the role of a housewife whose world revolved around her daughter and husband. She’s not happily married and her life have turned into a dull routine. Her expression is what can be seen easily these days on most women’s faces, be it in malls, schools, and maybe in the mirror, a woman who expects nothing magical to take place in her life anymore.
However, those exchanged notes have made her realize that happiness is always there but she had to take the initiative to grab it. Nimrat played this role realistically.
Then there’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui. His portrayal of Sheikh, the simple, orphaned man eager to please and willing to work hard to improve himself showcased his talent to morph and adjust to the character he was depicting. He made the perfect accompaniment to Irrfan’s character; noticeable in a subtle way. Watch Siddiqui in Aatma (horror movie) you’ll notice his unique presence.
The writer/director Ritesh Batra made the intelligent decision of letting us (the audience) decide on how the ending should be.
Initially I wanted to make a lunchbox to go with the movie’s theme, instead I settled on sharing the dish I would cook for Irrfan Khan if I ever got the chance. Nothing more sophisticated than an Italian delight “Risotto”. Keeping in mind that he’s an actor and might be looking after his diet, I made this dish light on the calorie side without compromising the flavors.
So Mr. Irrfan, today I dedicate this silky, luscious dish to you and hope you like it
Mushroom asparagus risotto
Serves 2. One serving is 300 calories.
1/4 cup asparagus
2 large white mushroom
1/2 cup Arborio rice
1/2 onion chopped
1 cube bouillon (low sodium)
6 cups water
2 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoon olive oil
- Add the bouillon to 6 cups of water, let it boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer.
- In a pan, add the butter and oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent.
- Add the mushroom and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the rice and stir for a minute or two.
- Add half a cup from the previously prepared stock, to the rice and stir on medium heat.
- When the water is about to evaporates add another half cup. Keep doing so until you’re left with one cup.
- Add the asparagus and stir, keep adding the stock.
- This will take around 30 minutes.
- Serve immediately.