Things to do this Valentine’s Day: Watch the Valentine’s Day special World Television Premiere of BAFTA nominated movie ‘The Lunchbox’ on &pictures!

Things to do this Valentine’s Day: Watch the Valentine’s Day special World Television Premiere of BAFTA nominated movie ‘The Lunchbox’ on &pictures!

Starring actors par excellence – Nimrat Khan, Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, The Lunchbox will premiere this Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 8 pm only on &pictures!

Love conquers all and everything is beautiful when in love. Thus Valentine’s Day, known for its celebration of love and all its pageantry is the right time to revisit some of the best romantic movies of all times. Keeping this in mind, &pictures, India’s premium interactive Hindi movie channel is all set to deliver on its promise of showcasing viewers’ choice movies yet again with the World Television Premiere of critically acclaimed and BAFTA nominated movie ‘Lunchbox’. Offering families across the globe an affectionate celebration this Valentine’s Day, Lunchbox will premiere across television screens on Saturday, February 14th 2015 at 8 pm only on &pictures!

Speaking of the movie premiering across television screens this Valentine’s Day, lead actor Nimrat Kaur of The Lunchbox and Homeland series fame stated, “I’m extremely delighted that the movie will hit television screens soon with the knowledge that the movie can now be watched in the comfort of everyone’s home. Moreover, I feel that it is a perfect Valentine’s Day offering for viewers because of the storyline that is very bitter-sweet. It’s a love story between a married woman who is unhappy in her  marriage and a widower who can’t feel any emotions. The tale of how an accidental lunchbox brings the two of them together over small handwritten notes and sweet moments is very heartwarming to watch.”

Revealing some of the behind-the-scenes moments, Nimrat said, “The kitchen where I was shooting most of the time was extremely crowded. There were these cameramen who had come from the United States and they would climb onto the kitchen platform and shoot. Because of this, we were all so cramped up in that little space that I would find it difficult to even move; I would move and a cutter would hit me and then I would accidently turn off the lights because my hands would hit the switch. But the funny part is that the suffocation and claustrophobia I had to face while shooting actually translated so beautifully on-screen while showcasing Ila’s claustrophobia in her marriage.”

She further added, “There was this one incident where I had to taste the dal that I was making. I decided that I would pour the entire dal myself and then taste so it seemed very natural but the dal was piping hot and I burnt my hand. Now because I had so enthusiastically told everyone on the set that I would do it myself, I couldn’t even go back on my word so I had to do it all over again and again. By the next day I was left with a hand that burnt real bad and in retrospect the realization that it was a very bad suggestion on my part.” Nimrat also stated that all the hand-written notes in the movie were all written by her.

As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, &pictures is offering a decadent blend of romance and scrumptious food to its viewers through the Valentine’s Day Premiere of soulfully romantic movie, The Lunchbox.  A perfect date movie, which encapsulates a unique recipe for romance that won millions of hearts through its simplistic narrative, will now be seen on the television on February 14 at 8 PM on &pictures.

After winning 23 awards and garnering accolades at prominent film festivals (Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival etc.) across the globe, The Lunchbox has been nominated in the Film Not in English Language category of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2015. Directed by Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox is a unique love story between a lovelorn wife and a lonely man. Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan) a lonely old widower and Ila (Nimrat Kaur) a neglected housewife trying to seek her husband’s attention, through the only way she knows- cooking. A simple delivery mistake made by Mumbai’s Dabbawala inadvertently turns cupid for these two loveless souls & thus begins an intimate exchange of evocative scribbling.

In a bid to enthuse audiences into the right spirit during Valentine’s week, &pictures will kick-start the celebrations by delivering custom made lunchboxes filled with edible goodies to the cast and crew of the film, media and trade agencies. To further spread the love through food, the channel has also associated with the bloggers community –IndiBlogger- launching one of a kind #lunchboxANDyou contest. The winners of this contest will get an opportunity to surprise a loved one with scrumptious food and a heartwarming note. &pictures has also partnered with the cultural festival conducted by Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communications – Fest-O-Comm – where a series of film activities such as Take 24 (a 24 hour film making competition) and Sneak Peek (promo making competition) has been planned. And, &pictures also makes it a memorable day for around 50,000 husbands in the city returning their lunch dabbas with a heartwarming message to their wives through Mumbai Dabbawalas. They will be filmed and a video will be up on YouTube capturing the best messages of the day!

Speaking on the occasion of Valentine’s Day Premiere of The Lunchbox on &pictures, occasion Ruchir Tiwari, Deputy Business Head, Hindi Movie Channels, ZEEL stated, “&pictures has carved a niche for itself as the premium mass Hindi movie channel – A channel that is synonymous with innovations blended with exceptional cinema, we recognize the value of path-breaking movies. The Lunchbox is one such landmark film amidst the array of films released which makes it a perfect brand fit for us. It’s not just the film that will have audiences hooked onto &pictures this Valentine’s Day, the unique initiatives planned along with an aggressive marketing campaign integrating interesting innovations on social media platforms and the various on-ground initiatives will also surely be the talk of the town.”

~Tune-in to &pictures to catch the Valentine’s Day Premiere of The Lunchbox i.e., on 14th February at 8 PM

at your Television screen! ~