Director Ritesh Batra's debut feature movie 'The Lunchbox' has been nominated in the 'Film Not in the English Language' category of the British Academy Film Awards 2015.
The nominations for the awards, organised annually by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), were announced in London Friday. 'The Lunchbox', starring Nimrat Kaur, Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is competing with Polish-Danish drama film 'Ida', Russian drama 'Leviathan', Brazilian-British adventure drama thriller film 'Trash', and Belgian drama 'Two Days, One Night', according to the official BAFTA website.
The movie is a unique love story between a lovelorn wife and a lonely man. While it released in India in 2013, it hit the British screens only in 2014. Jointly produced by multiple studios like DAR Motion Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, National Film Development Corporation (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Films (France), and the Cine Mosaic (US), the film also features at many international film festivals, including in Cannes, Zurich, London and Toronto.
According to a leading daily, overwhelmed with the nomination, Ritesh Batra quoted, "It's an incredible honour for me and my team. I am in London right now, and I just heard about it, and we are honoured to be nominated alongside the finest films of the year. It's a great way to start the New Year.â€