The recently released movie The Lunchbox has been received very well internationally when it was screened at a couple of film festivals. The makers of the movie had high hopes for this one and they even expected this one to be India's official entry to the Oscars. However, to their dismay, the selection committee has chosen a Gujarati film titled The Good Road instead of The Lunchbox.
Director Ritesh Batra and producer Anurag Kashyap are very disappointed and lashed out at the selection committee. Kashyap, who has produced the film along with Guneet Monga, said he is disappointed because The Lunchbox had a good chance of making it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category. "Feeling very, very disappointed, can't comment on the film I have not seen, but it better make it to final five. I hope and pray I am wrong and it actually is a film that knocks the socks off everyone", he tweeted.
"First time and I really mean it, first time I really was
excited because first time we knew we had a chance, first time I
was waiting for it. I don't know who the federation is but it goes
to show, why we completely lack the understanding to make films
that can travel across borders," Kashyap added.
Ritesh Batra blamed the Film Federation of India-appointed committee, which was headed by Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose this year, for a lack of understanding. "Congrats to The Good Road, hope it makes it all the way, else it will be a lost chance by FFI appointed jury that lacks vision. Hope I am wrong," Batra stated.
Karan Johar, who is the presenter of The Lunchbox was pretty shocked at this choice from the selection committee. "Really shocked and disappointed. The Lunchbox had every factor working in its favour, we may have just lost our golden chance. Sad," Karan poster on Twitter.