The director of The Lunchbox was recently under fire for the comments he made against Film Federation of India’s decision to send the Gujarati film The Good Road as India’s official entry to the Oscars.
The debutante director Ritesh Batra was offended after his film lost out to The Good Road and publicly criticized FFI’s decision. FFI then sent him a written demand for an apology.
Batra has replied saying, “I just received your letter. Many industry stalwarts have made comments similar to mine but you sent the letter to me, a debutant filmmaker, but I am honoured and proud to speak for my film and team. If an apology is what you demand, you have it. Both you and the jury have my wholehearted apology. There was no intent to hurt anyone, but rather to participate in the vigorous debate that this decision ignited in the public domain.”
“I sincerely hope that the annual reactions to our Academy selections from the national press, and this year from even the international press, prompt a new policy for the selection,” Batra added. He also said he doesn’t have any Oscar aspirations for his next movie.
“While I haven’t finalised the cast because I am still writing the script, I can tell you that the film is about a photographer’s relationship with his muse. It will be a Mumbai-centric love story,” Batra told a leading daily.