Rent “The Lunchbox: and remember Irrfan Khan, 1967-2020


Do yourself a favor, if you’re stuck at home and craving something to watch.

Netflix of Amazon Prime “The Lunchbox,” the best Western showcase for the soulful Indian actor Irrfan Khan.

He died this week. He was just 53.

His most popular movies in the West were “Jurassic World,” where he played a too-soft villain, and “Life of Pi.” He made a chilling heavy in “Slumdog Millionaire.” But his was his quiet, introspective presence in films such as “The Namesake,” where he was better and the material was better than the finished film, and “The Lunchbox,” that sticks with me.

He had a cancer diagnosis a couple of years back, but a colon infection was what took his life.

His final film, “Angrezi Medium,” just opened in India.

But if you want to see him at his best, rent“The Lunchbox.”Subtle, understated and romantic, it’s the “Brief Encounter” of our time.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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