Ritesh Batra

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Ritesh Batra is an Indian film director and screenwriter,[1] most known as the writer, director and executive producer of The Lunchbox (2013).

Early life and background[edit]

Ritesh was born and brought up in Bandra, Mumbai[2] and Sundance Writers and Director's lab alum. He grew up in a middle-class family in Bombay, now Mumbai. His father is in the merchant navy and his mother, a yoga teacher. Batra also has an elder sister who runs a tea business in Mumbai. He attended New York University briefly and dropped out of the film program. He studied economics as an undergraduate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked as a consultant for three years before he went back to school to study film.


His shorts have travelled to several festivals and one of them was even acquired by Arte, he became known for his nuanced portrayals of characters who are regular people in his shorts. Before this he has written and directed short films like Café Regular Cairo, Gareeb Nawaz's Taxi and The Morning Ritual. He has also acted in a short film named Super. Full.[3]

His debut feature The Lunchbox premiered at the Cannes Critics Week section in 2013, and the sales agent The Match Factory sold all territories within 48 hours of the world premiere. The film was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and Artificial Eye. It went on to play at Telluride, Sarajevo, Toronto and London film festivals. The Lunchbox was released in India in September 2013 and crossed 23 crores or USD 4 million in the Indian box office, a record for an art house film in India. It was still playing in over 300 screens in its 5th week.

Personal life[edit]

He is currently based in Mumbai and New York. He married Claudia Muñoz, a Mexican from Puebla, in 2009. His daughter, Aisha, was born in 2012, during the shoot of his debut feature The Lunchbox.[4]

Filmography as director[edit]

Year Film Category
2008 The Morning Ritual Short Film
2010 Gareeb Nawaz's Taxi Short Film
2011 Café Regular Cairo Short Film
2013 The Lunchbox Normal
Master Chef[5] Short Film


  • The Lunchbox won the Audience Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival Critics Week.
  • He won Screen Award for Most Promising Debut Director for The Lunchbox in January 2014.


  1. ^ "About Ritesh Batra". Riteshbatra.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Good actors are really good people: Ritesh Batra". The Times of India. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ritesh Batra". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  4. ^ "About Ritesh Batra". Riteshbatra.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  5. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Ritesh-Batra-uninterrupted-reveals-future-projects/articleshow/23394663.cms
  6. ^ a b "Cannes: 'The Lunchbox' Director Ritesh Batra (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Ritesh Batra - Festival Scope: Festivals on Demand for Film Professionals World Wide". Festival Scope. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Winners announced at the 7th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 12 December 2013. 

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