Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox': A Masterful Study

January 23, 2015 2:55 PM

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Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, an art house sleeper hit he wrote and directed, is set in contemporary Bombay. The Lunchbox found itself in a massive public controversy when Indian film officials declined to nominate it as their official selection to the Oscars for Best Foreign Picture last year. But last week, in a surprising twist of fate, The Lunchbox made the cut for the BAFTAS -- Britian's equivalent of the Oscars. Whether it wins remains to be seen but Batra was a guest of Sensorium, a Goa based arts festival with which the Huffington Post is a partner. Director of Sensorium, bestselling writer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, introduced the film on the evening of Batra's talk.

Ritesh Batra's film, The Lunchbox, moved me deeply. A story about two people settled into the shape of their lives: A widower with the whiff of a curmudgeon; a young woman stuck in a marriage of unsettling boredom. Then, on account of a miscommunication, their lives change. A lunchbox delivery error...

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