Lunch Box director Ritesh Batra and entire Bollywood is shocked when the Film Federation of India (FFI) preferred to chose Gujarathi film The Good Road as Indian entry at Oscars. Unable to digest the lunch box team went hammer and tongs in their criticism of FFI and the jury even questioning the rationale on the judgment.
With the director Ritesh Batra making unsavory remarks, FFI shot off a letter demanding unconditional apology from Lunch Box team. The letter issued in the name of FFI’s Secretary General Supran Sen, states, “FFI takes great umbrage at the way you have gone about demeaning a film when an eminent jury has selected it as India’s entry. You might not agree with the selection. But to continuously and recklessly make comments and innuendoes about it is really not done.’’
FFI forwarded the letter to Lunch Box producers, Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd, Dharma Productions, and Disney UTV, responds to The Lunchbox camp’s argument that their film stood a better chance at the golden statuette due to the backing of foreign studios. FFI also took on the filmmakers for the charges of corruption when it mentioned in the letter “You have recently posted on your Facebook account about ‘there being corruption’ in the process of selection… As you are aware The Good Road is produced by NFDC, a Government of India undertaking. Are you then suggesting that I&B Ministry i.e. The Government of India has made a successful attempt in bribing the jurors? We are taking up the matter with the ministry. And expect an unconditional apology from you for making such serious allegations against FFI and the jury,”
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