Director Ritesh Batra, whose 'The Lunchbox' lost out to 'The Good Road' as India's foreign language Oscar entry last year, says the method for selecting entries for the Academy award in India is flawed.
Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra`s critically acclaimed film `The Lunchbox` beat out Hollywood movies, Oscar contenders, and all other foreign-language films to score the number one per-theatre average gross of any film in North America last weekend.
Back in 2007 Indian-American filmmaker Ritesh Batra had embedded with Mumbai`s `dabbawallas` for a couple of weeks while trying to make a documentary about them, but instead ended up making "The Lunchbox".
The Film Federation of India, the apex body that decides Indian entry for the Oscars, and `The Lunchbox` director Ritesh Batra were today locked in a wordy duel over the selection of `The Good Road` for the best foreign film category.
Director Ritesh Batra’s debut Hindi feature vehicle - ‘The Lunchbox’ – runs on the theme that reads “Kabhi kabhi galat train bhi sahi jagah pahuncha deti hai” (Sometimes even a wrong train can get you to the right destination).
Ritesh Batra’s ‘The Lunchbox’, revolves around a middle-class home maker Ila (Nimrat Kaur), who is desperately trying to add zing to her stale marriage by cooking differently for her neglectful husband.
Ritesh Batra initially set out to make a documentary on Mumbai`s dabbawalas but he was so fascinated with the little personal stories behind every lunchbox that he ended up making a film on these experiences.