The Lunchbox’s Ritesh Batra apologises to Film Federation of India; demands transparent jury for Oscar nomination

The Lunchbox director responds to the scathing letter sent by the FFI to him. Read more

And the war continues. Ritesh Batra, director of The Lunchbox, sends his response to the letter he received from the Film Federation of India (FFI) criticising him for his reaction to the rejection of his film and selection of Gyan Corea’s The Good Road for the Oscars. Here’s the full text of the letter verbatim:

Dear Sir,

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. Sir, please use your good offices to give us a transparent, objective process with a public and not a secret jury. It is a direct and humble request, not a criticism.

I have moved on from this debate to focus on more productive pursuits and I would encourage everyone to do the same. With much respect for your tough job.


Ritesh Batra


Photo: Ritesh Batra official website

READ: Film Federation of India’s letter to The Lunchbox director