Dabba (The Lunchbox) by Ritesh Batra has been selected for Cannes Critics Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Dabba revolves around Mumbai’s dabbawallahs/lunch box delivery men. It is the story about two people living in their own private prisons until a chance encounter helps them to create a fantasy world together, and gradually the fantasy overwhelms their reality.
Seven first and second feature films are selected from all over the world for competition in the Critics Week. Apart from Grand Prix, FIPRESCI and Visionary Jury awards, these films also compete for the Camera d’Or.
The film features Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. It is produced by Sikhya Entertainment (India) and DAR Motion Pictures (India) and co-produced by National Film Development Corporation (India), ASAP Films (France) and Rohfilm (Germany).
The project won a Jury Special Mention at CineMart, co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2012 and was selected for NFDC’s Screenwriters’ Lab in 2011.
Peddlers by Vasan Bala was selected for Cannes Critics Week in 2012.
Two Indian films are in the official selection of the Cannes film festival this year. Bombay Talkies by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar will have a gala screening, while Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout will have a midnight screening.