By Andy Sambidge
Sunil John, Arun Ranachari are producers of The Lunchbox which is set for premiere at Dubai Int'l Film Festival
Two Dubai businessmen have been revealed as the producers behind Indian film The Lunchbox, which will make its Middle East premiere at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival later this week.
The Lunchbox is competing at DIFF for the prestigious Muhr Asia Africa Awards in the Feature film category, and will have its gala screening on Wednesday with a second screening on Friday.
Two of the film’s producers - Arun Rangachari and Sunil John - are Dubai-based professionals. Arun Rangachari is the chairman and CEO of DAR Capital Group, while Sunil John, CEO of PR firm ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, is the partner and director at DAR Motion Pictures.
DAR Motion Pictures has produced about 10 films, but The Lunchbox has emerged as the most successful to date, a statement said.
The Lunchbox is an example of global collaboration with studios from India, USA, France and Germany coming together to produce it.
Starring Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire), The Lunchbox is directed by debutant Ritesh Batra.
Set in Mumbai, the film depicts the virtual relationship of Ila (played by Nimrat Kaur), who tries to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. However, the special lunchbox she packs for her husband is mistakenly delivered to a lonely man (Irrfan Khan) on the verge of retirement.
Through the lunchbox, they embark on a journey of discovery, sharing their regrets, fears and joys through these notes. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a cameo role in the film.
The film will release in theatres in the UAE on December 27.
India is the world’s largest producer of films with over 1,600 films made in 2012, compared to over 655 films making their premiere in Hollywood last year.