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5 Mouth-Watering Bollywood Movies About Food Which Are A Must-Watch For Every Foodie

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ood is a memory, a story, an intimate connection with the past, a celebration of human relationships, and sometimes, even a cinematic protagonist.

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On World Food Day today, here we have listed out some of our favourite Bollywood movies revolving around cooking, eating, and bonding over food:

1. Lunch Box 

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"Sometimes, the wrong train takes you to the right station," says Irrfan Khan's character Sajan Fernandes in the film to sum up a bond that develops over a misplaced lunchbox between two lonely people. 

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This 2013 film helmed by Ritesh Batra is a modern classic as it luxuriates in the healing power of cooking, eating, and sharing stories. 

The film was even nominated for the Best Film Not in the English Language category of the British Academy Film Awards 2015.  

2. Axone 

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Axone, a 2020 film directed by Nicholas Khargonkar and produced by Yoodlee Films (currently streaming on Netflix), treats a north-Eastern dish and its unusually pungent aroma as a powerful statement on ethnicity, deep-rooted prejudice, and discrimination against "the other." 

This "other" could be anyone who does not fit in because of what she/he cooks or eats or looks like. 

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The movie begins with North-Eastern migrant Upasana (Sayani Gupta) trying to cook this rather controversial dish Axone in her Delhi home with her friends, as a special treat for her best friend’s wedding. This, however, triggers unspoken biases to come to a boiling point and something as simple as wanting to cook a special meal becomes fraught with tension and conflict. 

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The film treats a humble wedding feast as a turning point in the discussion about what unites us and divides us. An essential watch for the times we live in, the film also stars Vinay Pathak, Lin Laishram, Dolly Ahluwalia, Adil Hussain, Lanuakum Ao, Tenzin Dalha, and Rohan Joshi among others.

3. Bawarchi 

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This 1972 Hrishikesh Mukherjee film is a classic take on the powerful influence food has on the way families function. 

A chaotic kitchen translates into interpersonal strife, the film seems to convey and also shows how harmonious cooking brings everyone together. This life lesson is taught to a bickering joint family by a mysterious and charismatic Bawarchi (played by Rajesh Khanna) who arrives suddenly in the household with glowing testimonials from celebrities who he claims to have worked for. 

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He starts by cleaning the courtyard, chops vegetables like he is possessed, cooks vegetarian kebabs, regulates everyone's food habits, conducts music and dance sessions over the morning tea and weans off a prospective alcoholic from heavy drinking by introducing him to a chilled, lime spiked cola!

4. Chef 

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This 2017 film directed by Raja Krishna Menon was a remake of a Jon Favreau hit of the same name. Starring Saif Ali Khan in the eponymous role, the film reimagines the story of a burnt-out chef in the Indian context. 

We see chef Roshan (Saif) leaving New York to visit Kochi to repair his relationship with his ex-wife( Padmapriya Janakiraman) and bond with his son (Svar Kamble). 

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He has lost his passion for cooking and his son does not really respond to his overtures. It is at this point Roshan rediscovers that heartfelt cooking is the biggest gift one can offer to a loved one. And soon enough, he wins over his son with an irresistible "rotzza" (roti and pizza). 

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Soon, father and son travel together to Amritsar where Roshan had first discovered his passion for food, and life comes full circle with the father-son duo cooking together on a food truck. 

The film demonstrates that food speaks the language of love when words are inadequate.

5. Stanley Ka Dabba 

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Director Amole Gupte's 2011 offering Stanley Ka Dabba is not so much about food as it is about what food represents to a young child. It is about the longing for love, for normalcy, for a meal packed in a tiffin box by someone who cares. 

The story revolves around a young boy Stanley (Partho Gupte) who comes to school with a ready smile but has a heartbreaking backstory that nobody can guess. And during the recess when everyone opens their tiffin boxes, Stanley never has anything to eat. 

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Looming in the backdrop is an angry, greedy, rampaging teacher (Amole himself) itching to steal everyone's food, especially the students'. 

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Stanely somehow gets by because of the generosity of his friends and the love of his favourite teacher (Divya Dutta) but the film poignantly points out how all children deserve a lovingly cooked meal, warmth and nourishment. 

The film reveals who Stanley is right at the end to shake the audience up and to remind them that there are millions of Stanleys who go without food and care every day and need our help.

All these films are no doubt masterpieces. Whether you love cooking or eating, these films are highly inspirational. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below what other cooking movies are your favourite.


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