Will The Lunchbox be India’s official entry to the Oscars?
The Irrfan Khan starrer topped the list of critics’ favourite film as India’s Oscar entry
It seems that Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox continues to leave the audiences awestruck with its unusual storyline and brilliant performances by its actors. Looking at the reactions to the film, the Irrfan Khan-Nimrat Kaur-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer is being looked upon as an Oscar favourite by some of the critics from both Bollywood as well as Hollywood.
Michael Moore, an Oscar-winning filmmaker tweeted that The Lunchbox was one of his favourite films at Telluride Film Festival.
While bestselling author Salman Rushdie tweeted: “I loved The Lunchbox, big hit at Telluride Film Festival, best Indian film in a long time. Strong foreign film Oscar contender, in my view.”
Film critic Aseem Chhabra also couldn’t stop praising the film. “Looking at how people at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals have reacted to The Lunchbox, I think that film has a good chance of being nominated for the Oscars. It has all the right elements that would make it appeal to the Academy. I don’t have a crystal ball, and there many other good Indian films in 2013.But I think India’s chances appear stronger with The Lunchbox,” he said in an interview.
The Lunchbox has been successful in garnering critical acclaim way before its release. The film will release in India on September 20.