The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the nominations yesterday. The Lunchbox is nominated in the Best Film Not In The English Language category.
Producer Guneet Monga is ecstatic at this nomination. “We are so happy that our faith in Ritesh and The Lunchbox is paying off so beautifully. It’s a film we are very proud of and earning a Foreign Film nomination is yet another reassurance that great content will always go a long way. I would like to say a big thank you to the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and the BAFTA jury.”
Guneet Monga, who is one of the producers of the film, took on to Twitter and wrote, “So awesome! ‘The Lunchbox’ nominated for BAFTA! Thank you Ritesh Batra for creating so much magic.”
Ritesh Batra’s epistolary romance The Lunchbox, stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The film, which won widespread international acclaim, following its screening at Cannes Film Festival in 2013, is the only Indian film to be nominated at this year’s ceremony.
The Lunchbox will be competing against Pawel Pawlikowski’s Polish-Danish drama Ida, Russian film Leviathan, Brazilian-British adventure thriller Trash and Belgian movie Two Days, One Night in the Best Film Not In The English Language category at the awards.
Ritesh Batra too was elated with his debut film making it to the nominations list of the prestigious British awards.
“Love and congrats to the whole team, and thanks BAFTA for the nomination. So honoured to be nominated alongside my favourite films of the year,” tweeted Ritesh Batra.
“It is a good validation to tell Indian stories to the world, if we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will,” he added.
The Lunchbox revolves around the misplacement of a tiffin in Mumbai’s efficient lunchbox delivery system. This wrong delivery of a lunchbox connects a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) to an about to retire government servant (Irrfan Khan).
Nawazuddin Siddiqui essays the role of a earnest but ignorant young replacement to Irrfan’s character. “This one’s sure a Pandora’s Box! A BAFTA nomination for The Lunchbox!! Big love and congrats to the whole team,” wrote Nimrat Kaun on Twitter.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards 2015 ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 08, 2015 in London.
Here’s wishing team The Lunchbox all the best!!
The Lunchbox directed by Ritesh Batra becomes the first Indian film since 1990 to be nominated at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awar...3.5