|Name Ritesh Batra|
|Spouse Claudia Munoz (m. 2009)|
Children Aisha Batra
|Movies The Lunchbox, Cafe Regular, Cairo, The Sense of an Ending, Gareeb Nawaz's Taxi, Masterchef|
Awards Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
Nominations Zee Cine Award for Best Story
Similar People Nimrat Kaur, Irrfan Khan, Guneet Monga, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap
Born 12 June 1979 (age 41), Mumbai
the masterchef a short film by ritesh batra
Ritesh Batra (born 12 June 1979) is an Indian filmmaker.
- the masterchef a short film by ritesh batra
- Ritesh batra my choice film companion
- Early life and background
Batra is widely known for his debut feature film The Lunchbox starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and won Rail d’Or (Grand Golden Rail). Batra also won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best First Feature Film in 2014. The Lunchbox has been called the highest grossing foreign film in America, Europe and Australia for the year of 2014 grossing over 25 Million USD/180 Crore INR.
Ritesh batra my choice film companion
Early life and background
Ritesh grew up in a middle-class family in Mumbai, India. His father Joginder Batra, worked in the Merchant Navy of India and his mother Manju Kapoor Batra, is a house wife. His elder sister Radhika Batra Shah runs a tea business. Ritesh completed his high school from AVM High School in Mumbai and later went to United States of America to complete his higher studies. Ritesh worked as a consultant at Deloitte after graduating from Drake University, Iowa in Economics. But after three years of working he went back to school to chase his childhood dream of filmmaking. He attended New York University but dropped out of the film school.
Batra began his filmmaking career by writing and directing shorts. His Arab language short Café Regular, Cairo, screened at over 40 international film festivals and won over 12 awards including Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) Best Film at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Best Film at German Star of India. Batra was part of the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors lab with his project "Story of Ram" in 2009. Where he won Time Warner Story Telling Fellow at Sundance Film Festival and Annenberg Fellow at Sundance Film Academy. In 2011 Batra came to India to make a documentary on the lunchbox delivery system in Mumbai. It was this venture of Batra's which conceptualized his first feature film The Lunchbox (2013). He developed this project through the TorinoFilmLab Framework programme in 2012.
The Lunchbox premiered at the Cannes Critics Week 2013 and won Rail d’Or (Grand Golden Rail). At Cannes the movie prompted a bidding war. Sony Pictures Classic acquired the North American rights of the film. The Lunchbox has been nominated for 33 Awards and won 25 so far. In 2014, Batra founded his own production company PoeticLicense Motion Pictures and currently developing a slate of films.
The Lunchbox, 2013
Cafe Regular Cairo, 2011