RITESH BATRA

  • Choosing films for Oscars? Young, visionary and dynamic people should do it: Ritesh Batra October 15, 2014

    Mumbai: 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. Last year, Gyan Correa's 'The Good Road' was picked over 'The Lunchbox'. The director along with...
  • Watch: 'The Lunchbox' director Ritesh Batra back with a short film 'The Masterchef' May 21, 2014

    Ritesh Batra, who made headlines for his Bollywood project 'The Lunchbox', is now being appreciated for his short film 'The Masterchef'. For the uninitiated, 'The Masterchef' was among the 5 short films shown at a screening which was cohosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Sundance Film...
  • IBNLive Movie Awards: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra voted the best director of 2013 April 21, 2014

    There may not have been too many Bollywood blockbusters last year, but there were enough filmmakers that proved that the art of filmmaking continues to be as impressive and impactful as ever. Being a director is never easy. For it calls for consistent efforts, clarity of thought and most importantly,...
  • 'The Lunchbox' makes waves in North America March 6, 2014

    Washington: 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. After its success in New York and Los Angeles, the Irrfan Khan-starrer will release...
  • Make films for the world: Ritesh Batra to Indian filmmakers February 28, 2014

    Washington: Ritesh Batra, director of the critically acclaimed 'The Lunchbox' would like Indian filmmakers to "reach out with our films to the world" as India has a wealth of stories to tell. "We should not restrict our audience to India and Indians. Indian films should be for the world," says the...
  • Ritesh Batra skipped award events to prepare for US release of 'The Lunchbox' February 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Ritesh Batra, who has been on an awards winning spree for his film 'The Lunchbox', has been missing from the events. He says he was busy promoting the film in the US. Sources close to the film aver that Batra was miffed at being largely ignored in the popular categories...
  • IBNLive Movie Awards: Nominees for Best Director January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The awards season is upon us and this is the time when the best of Indian cinema is judged, reviewed rewarded for entertaining us in the past year. 2013 has seen a mixed bag of films comprising both popular and art house cinema. In our maiden initiative, we...
  • Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox' reaches Zurich November 16, 2013

    Mumbai: One of the most acclaimed movie of recent times, 'The Lunchbox', has released in Zurich, a unique event indeed for a Hindi film. "It's freezing over here. But Zurich is gorgeous. We're promoting the film here for a weekend release," lead actress Nimrat Kaur said from Zurich. The Swiss media and...
  • 'The Lunchbox' selected for Asia Pacific Screen Awards November 12, 2013

    Melbourne: Director Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox' is among the four Indian films that have been nominated in the Seventh Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) this year. The awards will be held in Brisbane next month. According APSA official statement, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the names of 39 films...
  • Dharamshala film fest starts on a high note with 'The Lunchbox' October 25, 2013

    Dharamsala: The second edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) Thursday began with the screening of 'The Lunchbox', which proved to be an inspiring choice to open the event. This unusual yet mesmerising love story starring Irrfan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur opened to a packed house in Tibetan Institute of...
  • 'The Lunchbox' to open Dharamshala International Film Festival October 23, 2013

    Dharamsala: With some of the best indie films from Poland, Sri Lanka, Australia and Laos participating, the second edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), starting Thursday in McLeod Ganj, promises to enrich viewers' exoerience about different societies and cultures. Being organised in the scenic locales of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh,...
  • Ritesh Batra to FFI: If an apology is what you demand, you have it October 2, 2013

    New Delhi: 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. In a strongly worded letter to Batra, which has...
  • Full text: FFI's letter to 'The Lunchbox' makers seeking an apology October 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The Film Federation of India has issued a letter to the makers and presenters of 'The Lunchbox' which asks them questions related to their comments on the selection of 'The Good Road' as India's Oscar entry. We have received a copy of the letter and we are running...
  • Watch Ritesh Batra's delightful short film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo' September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Ritesh Batra made the heads turn with his debut feature 'The Lunchbox', but his creations started to fetch attention long time ago. Batra's film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo' was selected and awarded at several film festivals. Interestingly, IBNLive is tracking the growth of Ritesh Batra as a filmmaker since his...
  • Dear jury, hope Irrfan isn't snubbed during National Awards September 26, 2013

    He is not a typical Hindi film hero, he doesn't really have any signature move, neither can he dance like a dream but every time Irrfan Khan comes on screen, he manages to captivate us all. From a cheating husband in a cringe worthy 'Thank you' to his latest cynical...
  • NFDC announces names of 9 scripts for National Script Lab September 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has announced the names of nine scripts that will be a part of the National Script Lab. These scripts will be mentored by Marten Rabarts (Senior Consultant, Training and Development, NFDC), Olivia Stewart (Script Advisor, Binger Filmlab) and Ritesh Batra (Director of...
  • The Lunchbox: Praised by foreign press, snubbed by FFI September 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Now, when the debate about the selection of 'The Good Road' at India's Oscar entry is going on, we felt the need of taking a look at what foreign film critics said about the film. Jay Weissberg of Variety wrote: A feelgood movie that touches the heart while steering...
  • 'The Lunchbox' and 'The Good Road' are siblings: Gyan Correa September 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Gyan Correa, whose film 'The Good Road' has been selected to represent India at the Oscars, tackles the controversies that have erupted over the film saying 'running my film down is not going to help any other film'. Many felt that 'The Lunchbox' should have been selected for the Oscar...
  • The Lunchbox: Oscar report came as a surprise, says Nimrat Kaur September 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Actress Nimrat Kaur, who debuted with 'The Lunchbox', said the report that the film was being considered for an Oscar nomination came as a surprise. "Our film was released on Friday and the news came out on Saturday... I was too distracted with the feedback we were getting for our...
  • Mumbai is central to 'The Lunchbox': Ritesh Batra September 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Director Ritesh Batra has made heads turn with his debut film 'The Lunchbox' featuring Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He talks about the subtleties and careful planning involved in filmmaking in a candid chat. The idea I was working on a documentary in 2007 on the dabbawallahs and was...
  • 'The Lunchbox' review: It'll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness September 20, 2013

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur Director: Ritesh Batra In an age when instant messaging, email, and various social media have made communication easier and quicker, debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliver a charming, old-fashioned love story in 'The Lunchbox'. There's a simple line...
  • 'The Lunchbox' Tweet Review: Simplicity is the film's strength September 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Having won laurels in various international film festivals across the globe, documentary filmmaker Ritesh Batra's first feature film 'The Lunch Box' is ready to release in India. A poignant sensitive tale of two strangers who fall in love without meeting each other and merely through exchange of letters tucked...
  • Friday Release 'The Lunchbox': A delicious dish called love September 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The box office will witness variations of romance this weekend when Rajkumar Santoshi's 'Phata Poster Nikhla Hero' and Ritesh Batra's debut film 'The Lunchbox' hit the screens Friday. Critically acclaimed, 'The Lunchbox' seems to be a good option for the viewers. Featuring Irrfan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, the...
  • 'The Lunchbox' is local that's why it's universal: Director September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: 'The Lunchbox', Ritesh Batra's feature directorial debut, has been appreciated at several international festivals including Toronto and Cannes. Batra believes the movie been liked by international audience as it is specific to India. The movie, which will release Friday in India, stars Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Set...
  • Watch: Irrfan, Nimrat talk about their experiences in 'The Lunchbox' September 14, 2013

    The cast of 'the Lunchbox' share their experiences and apprehensions that they had during the making of the film. The Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer movie is directed by Ritesh Batra. ...
  • World sees Oscar-winning potential in 'The Lunchbox': Irrfan September 13, 2013

    Mumbai: Actor Irrfan's upcoming film 'The Lunchbox' is being appreciated at film festivals across the world and he states that everyone whose opinion matters in international cinema, including the audiences, want 'The Lunchbox' to become India's official entry into the Oscars. On the foreign shores, Ritesh Batra's directorial venture has created...
  • I'm jobless right now, says Irrfan August 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Versatile actor Irrfan Khan, who has recieved acclaim and praise galore film after film, says he is currently jobless, and busy only reading scripts. "I am jobless, and I don't have any projects... I'm just reading scripts right now," Irrfan told reporters here. The actor, who has worked with directors of...
  • Irrfan monster of an actor: Sujoy Ghosh August 28, 2013

    Mumbai: If filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh loved the simple tale in 'The Lunchbox', he is equally wowed by Irrfan's performance in the movie. Lauding the film, Ghosh tweeted: "So good to see films like 'The Lunchbox'. Simple stories of life told so wonderfully. I loved the film." "However, in 'The Lunchbox' there is...