It’s been eight years since Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox hit screens. The movie, starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, resonated with audiences throughout the globe, particularly with those who hail from Mumbai.

Recently, Nawazuddin opened up about working with late actor Irrfan and taking pictures in Mumbai’s iconic native trains for The Lunchbox.

“For me, one of the best experiences was to shoot for the film in a packed train. An entire compartment was booked for our shoot. Irrfan bhai and I had got into our get-up for the movie and sat between the locals. No one really realised but everyone just perfectly synced into our scene. That is the beauty of a local train. Even those who were not in our unit became a part of The Lunchbox,” Nawazuddin mentioned in an interview with The Times of India.

In 2013, when The Lunchbox launched, there have been rumours that Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui weren’t comfy working with one another and that the 2 even ignored one another on the units. However, now the Manto actor has put all these rumours to relaxation. He mentioned, “Irrfan bhai was like my older brother and I have several precious memories of working with him, even before ‘The Luncbox’ happened.”

Nawazuddin additionally added how Irrfan took him to fulfill Danny Boyle. He mentioned, “When the casting for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was going on, he took me to meet Danny Boyle without an appointment. Imagine walking in to meet such a big director without any prior notice. Finally, both of us were cast in the movie, but unfortunately, when the shoot began, I was busy with another movie. So, my part was then offered to another actor. I have learned a lot from Irrfan bhai… even how to meet a big Hollywood director without an appointment (laughs).”

On the work entrance, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has No Land’s Man, Bole Chudiyan and Jogira Sara Ra Ra within the pipeline.

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