Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Lunchbox wins Critics Choice award at 66th Cannes International Film Festival

Indian cinema begins its winning spree at the world’s most prestigious film festival

The 66th Cannes International Film Festival is proving to be a great one for Indian cinema this year. With five films from India being selected in various sections at the prestigious event, awards were almost sure to flow in. And now the first one has been announced – Lunchbox has bagged its first award.

Filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s debut feature film Lunchbox bagged the Critics Week Viewer’s Choice award. The indie movie is a sweet and poignant story of a relationship that develops between a young housewife and a soon to retire government servant because of a mis-delivered lunch box. An excited Irrfan tweeted, “Just got the news the lunchbox won its first award at Cannes”. Anurag Kashyap, who has produced the film, also took to Twitter and said, “It’s begun.. Lunchbox wins critics week viewers choice award.. It’s called the Golden Rail or something.. Yay”

Well, we’re glad that Indian cinema’s winning spree has begun thanks to the efforts and the vision of these new filmmakers and producers. Plus, this is only one of the first trophies to come in; there is strong buzz about Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly winning the FIPRESCI Prize on May 26, just when the festival ends. Fingers crossed!