Ritesh Batra

  • 'The Lunchbox' makes waves in North America 06-03-2014 04:49 PM

    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...
  • Make films for the world: Ritesh Batra to Indian filmmakers 28-02-2014 01:54 PM

    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...
  • Ritesh Batra skipped award events to prepare for US release of 'The Lunchbox' 13-02-2014 07:11 AM

    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...
  • IBNLive Movie Awards: Nominees for Best Director 30-01-2014 11:18 AM

    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 16-11-2013 01:06 PM

    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...
  • 'The Lunchbox' selected for Asia Pacific Screen Awards 12-11-2013 03:34 PM

    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' 25-10-2013 10:48 AM

    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...
  • 'The Lunchbox' to open Dharamshala International Film Festival 23-10-2013 02:32 PM

    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...
  • Ritesh Batra to FFI: If an apology is what you demand, you have it 02-10-2013 02:53 PM

    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,...
  • Full text: FFI's letter to 'The Lunchbox' makers seeking an apology 01-10-2013 11:56 AM

    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' 30-09-2013 07:15 AM

    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...
  • Dear jury, hope Irrfan isn't snubbed during National Awards 26-09-2013 04:22 PM

    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 25-09-2013 10:22 PM

    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 25-09-2013 05:32 PM

    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 feel-good movie that touches the heart while...
  • 'The Lunchbox' and 'The Good Road' are siblings: Gyan Correa 25-09-2013 03:30 PM

    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...
  • The Lunchbox: Oscar report came as a surprise, says Nimrat Kaur 25-09-2013 10:14 AM

    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...
  • Mumbai is central to 'The Lunchbox': Ritesh Batra 21-09-2013 11:21 AM

    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...
  • Write your review: 'The Lunchbox'

    Rajeev Masand says 'The Lunchbox' will leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness. What do you say? Write your review and...
  • 'The Lunchbox' review: It'll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness 20-09-2013 10:32 PM

    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...
  • 'The Lunchbox' Tweet Review: Simplicity is the film's strength 20-09-2013 02:08 PM

    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...
  • Friday Release 'The Lunchbox': A delicious dish called love 19-09-2013 04:42 PM

    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 Lunchbox' is local that's why it's universal: Director 17-09-2013 10:30 AM

    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....
  • Watch: Irrfan, Nimrat talk about their experiences in 'The Lunchbox' 14-09-2013 10:49 AM

    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 13-09-2013 03:01 PM

    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...
  • I'm jobless right now, says Irrfan 29-08-2013 03:11 PM

    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...
  • Irrfan monster of an actor: Sujoy Ghosh 28-08-2013 10:06 AM

    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'...
  • 'The Lunchbox' wins Best Film award at Amsterdam Film Festival 20-08-2013 12:44 PM

    Amsterdam: The audience at the World Cinema Amsterdam Film Festival chose Indian director Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox' as the best film of the 2013 edition. Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga, among others, the movie was awarded the World Cinema Amsterdam Audience Award at the fest, which was held...
  • Wish I had scenes with Irrfan in 'Lunchbox': Nimrat Kaur 19-08-2013 02:35 PM

    New Delhi: Actress Nimrat Kaur is happy to star alongside Irrfan Khan in her Bollywood feature debut 'The Lunchbox' but she regrets not being able to share screen space with the actor in director Ritesh Batra's epistolary romance. The 31-year-old model-turned-actress plays a lonely housewife, who embarks on a rather...