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The Lunchbox

Drama. A mistaken delivery of a lunchbox in Mumbai leads to an encounter between a lonely young housewife and a widower.


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TRAINS CLATTER

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HORN BEEPS

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Thank you, Auntie!

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Mmm!

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BICYCLE BELL RINGS

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DOORBELL RINGS

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DOORBELL RINGS

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Fernandes? Fernandes, this is Shaikh. Shaikh, Mr Fernandes.

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Shaikh used to work in Saudi Arabia as the chief accountant for a small firm.

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He will take over your responsibilities when you

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leave us next month. Shaikh comes with very good references.

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Very pleased to meet you, sir.

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I had him join us early so that you can train him in all that you

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do in claims.

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Good luck.

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-Oh, fantastic.

-Fantastic!

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-Come at 4.45.

-4.45, 4.45...

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Thank you very much, sir. Nice to meet you.

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SINGING AND CLAPPING

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DOORBELL RINGS

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INDISTINCT CHATTER

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CHILDREN SINGING

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CLATTER OF TAMBOURINES

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MUSIC PLAYS

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DOORBELL RINGS

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PHONE BUZZES

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Hello?

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Just reached home. I was waiting for your update. OK.

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Oh, was it so boring?

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OK, sir. No problem.

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Hey! Hey!

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What is this?

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Mr Fernandes, our ball went inside. Please can we have it?

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Please, sir?

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-You were looking inside it?

-No.

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Please, Mr Fernandes. We'll not play here. We'll play on the other side.

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If you play in front of this door again,

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I'll chase you down the street.

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Please.

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-Please.

-Please.

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-We'll play on the other side.

-Mr Fernandes, please. Sorry.

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GATE CLANGS SHUT

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Huh?

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Good morning.

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SHAIKH MUTTERS INDISTINCTLY

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Very good, sir. Thank you.

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"Dear Ila, the food was very salty today."

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"Dear Ila, the food was very salty today."

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"Dear Ila, the food was very salty today."

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FILES THUMP ON THE FLOOR

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Good.

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My wife is dead.

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HE GASPS

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DOORBELL RINGS

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"Dear Ila, the salt was fine today.

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"The chilli was a bit on a higher side.

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"But I had two bananas left after lunch.

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"They helped to extinguish the fire in my mouth.

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"And I think it will also be good for the motions."

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FLY BUZZES

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"There are so many people in the city who eat only

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"a banana or two for lunch.

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"It's cheap and it fills you up."

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"Hello."

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DOORBELL RINGS

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"Dear Ila. Your husband sounds like a busy man.

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"Life is very busy these days.

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"There are too many people, and everyone wants what the other has.

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"Years ago, you could find a place to sit on the train every now

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"and then, but these days it is different.

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"If Mr Deshpande wakes up now, he will see the difference and probably

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"go back to his Orient ceiling fan.

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"When my wife died, she got a horizontal burial cart.

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"I tried to buy a burial cart for myself the other day,

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"and what they offered me was a vertical one.

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"I spend my whole life standing in trains and buses now.

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"I'll have to stand even when I'm dead.

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"Why don't you have another child?

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"Sometimes, having a child can help a marriage."

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Hmm.

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Mm-hm?

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VEHICLE HORNS HONK

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AMBULANCE SIREN WAILS

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"Hello."

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I'm busy, actually.

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This is lunchtime.

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Thank you very much.

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Listen!

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Come here.

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You go to my desk.

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-Go.

-Thank you very much, sir.

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-OK.

-Thank you so much, sir.

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-No, no. Don't come back. Go. Go.

-Yes, sir. Thank you very much, sir.

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"Dear Ila. Please don't think like that.

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"Things are never as bad as they seem.

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"One day I was on the train on my way to work,

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"and then suddenly I felt something.

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"Someone touching me, down there."

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So...

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You better be careful.

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Thank you.

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Very good.

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Promise?

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-OK, sir. See you. Bye.

-Bye-bye.

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"Hello."

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Excellent.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Thank you very much.

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Here. Try.

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Yeah.

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What happened?

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Why?

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There's no value for talent in this country.

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"Dear Ila. Your grandmother's recipe was very good.

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"Even better than my favourite aubergines.

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"Yesterday, even I found something from many years ago.

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"I found old TV shows that my wife used to record.

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"You must have been a child when they played on TV, or not even born yet.

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"My wife used to love them. I don't know why I wanted to see them.

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"I watched them for hours.

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"I went through them show by show, episode by episode,

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"and then finally, after staying up all night,

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"I realised what it was that I was looking for.

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"Every Sunday when she watched the shows,

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"I was outside repairing my bicycle, or just smoking,

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"and I would glance through the window every now and then,

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"just for a second,

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"and I would see her reflection on the TV screen, laughing.

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"Laughing at the same jokes, over and over,

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"each time as if she was hearing it for the very first time.

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"I wish I had kept on looking back, then."

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OK. Have?

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No, have.

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-What is this?

-Paper?

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Can I have some water, please?

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-How is it? Good?

-Mmm. I love this.

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Thank you.

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-What paper?

-The letter.

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"Hello."

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OK.

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DOORBELL RINGS

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"Dear Ila. You won't believe what happened to me yesterday.

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"In the evening,

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"I was walking to the station with Shaikh - Shaikh and I, we

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"work together - I felt like stopping to look at a painter's works.

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"All his paintings are exactly the same, but when you look close,

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"real close, you can see that they're different,

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"each slightly different from the other.

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"A different car here,

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"a different man daydreaming on the bus there,

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"a stray dog gallantly crossing the street...

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"Whatever catches the painter's fancy on that day.

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"And in one of them, I saw myself. At least, I think it's me.

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"And then I treated myself to an odd rickshaw.

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"The old houses of boys I used to play with as

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"a child are gone now, my old school too.

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"But some things are still the same. The old post office is still there.

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"And the hospital where I was born and where my parents died,

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"and my wife.

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"I think we forget things if we have no-one to tell them to."

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"Hello."

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SINGING AND CLAPPING

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DOORBELL RINGS

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POP MUSIC PLAYS

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Here, try this.

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Taste this.

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Touch wood.

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I love this.

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-Alrighty.

-Alrighty, sir.

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MUSIC: SOUNDTRACK FROM SAAJAN

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CHILDREN SING AND BANG TAMBOURINES

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"Hello."

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-COLLEAGUE:

-Saajan, sir? Saajan, sir.

-What?

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-DOOR CREAKS

-Can I come in, sir?

-Come in.

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I just had a meeting with the accounts department.

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It was the most embarrassing meeting of my life. You know what they said?

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They said it's as if our claims department does not exist.

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All the pay orders are wrong.

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Shaikh's initials are all over the place.

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And to think I was going to have this man replace you.

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I need you to review this. Stay up all night if necessary, but fix it.

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And as for you, Shaikh, just get out of my sight, please.

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It's my mistake, sir. I made the pay orders.

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I asked for his initials because we work together.

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-It's my mistake.

-Fernandes, you don't have to defend him.

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I'm not defending anyone, sir.

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35 years of service, and you have not made one single mistake.

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You know I would not defend anyone, sir.

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Anyway...

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-I'll handle the accounts department, OK?

-Yes, sir. OK, sir.

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No problem.

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And one more thing. Why do these files all smell of vegetables?

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-Onions, potatoes, even garlic.

-Really?

-Smell it. Smell it!

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I...

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Don't you ever cut your bloody vegetables on the office files.

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Sorry, sir.

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I'm sorry, sir.

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These are government records. Do you understand?

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What kind of a person you are, Mr Shaikh? Huh?

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Sir, please.

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Unbelievable, Mr Shaikh.

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Unbelievable.

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No, no, no, no, no. It's very good.

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Of course.

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Thank you very much.

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-Welcome.

-Thank you so much, sir.

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Thank you very much, sir.

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-Fernandes?

-Yes, sir.

-You wanted to talk to me?

-No, sir.

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-My secretary said you wanted to talk to me.

-It was about pay orders.

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-What about the pay orders?

-I solved it.

-You're sure?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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I'll see you soon.

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"Dear Ila. I got the lunchbox today.

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"There was nothing in it, and I deserve that.

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"Yesterday you waited in the restaurant for me for a long time,

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"but before that, that same morning I forgot something in the bathroom.

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"I went back in to get it, and the bathroom smelled the same, exactly

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"the same as it used to be after my grandfather had been in the shower.

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"It was like my grandfather had been there, but he had not.

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"It was just me.

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"Just me and the smell of an old man. I don't know when I became old.

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"Maybe it was that morning. Maybe it was many, many mornings ago.

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"And maybe if I had forgotten something in bathroom before,

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"I would have found out sooner.

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"Life kept on going and lulled me with its motions.

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"I kept rocking back and forth as it threw me left

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"and threw me right, and then before I knew it...

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"No-one buys yesterday's lottery ticket, Ila.

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"I came to the restaurant while you were waiting.

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"There you were, fidgeting with your purse, drinking all that water.

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"I wanted to come up to you and tell you all this in person,

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"but I just watched you wait.

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"You looked beautiful.

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"You're young. You can dream.

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"And for some time, you let me into your dreams.

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"And I want to thank you for that."

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Smile, please.

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One, two, three.

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CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS

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Smile, please.

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CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS

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OK.

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Goodbye, Shaikh.

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You'll be a good husband, Shaikh.

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Thank you very much, sir.

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PHONE RINGS

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PHONE RINGS

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello?

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ILA CRIES

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Sorry.

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-Good evening, Mr Fernandes.

-We thought that you're gone.

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-I was gone, but I came back.

-Why?

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OK. You play here, but don't break anybody's glass. OK? Take it.

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ALL: Thank you, Mr Fernandes.

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RICKSHAW HORN BEEPS

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SINGING AND CLAPPING

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When Saajan, an ill-tempered Mumbai office worker nearing retirement, is delivered the wrong lunch he is pleasantly surprised by the improvement in his food. The lunchbox had been intended for young housewife Ila's emotionally indifferent husband in an attempt to win back his favour. When he fails to respond to her efforts, Ila decides to enclose a note in the next meal and Saajan, his taste buds tickled and his interest piqued, decides to write back.

In Hindi with English subtitles.