Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra's critically acclaimed film The Lunchbox beat out Hollywood movies, Oscar contenders, and all other foreign-language films to score the number one per-theatre average gross of any film in North America last weekend.
Ritesh Batra, director of the critically acclaimed The Lunchbox would like Indian filmmakers to "reach out with our films to the world" as India has a wealth of stories to tell.
Back in 2007 Indian-American filmmaker Ritesh Batra had interacted with Mumbai's dabbawallas for a couple of weeks while trying to make a documentary about them, but instead ended up making The Lunchbox.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starring Farhan Akhtar, a biopic on former athlete Milkha Singh, has bagged a maximum of 10 nominations for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards
After The Lunchbox, filmmakers Karan Johar and Guneet Monga have teamed up for the Indian remake of French comedy The Intouchables.
Denying recent reports that actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will not be a part of Salman Khan's Kick, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has confirmed that the actor will start shooting for the film soon.
Nominations for the 59th Filmfare Awards have been announced and, predictably, the list veers towards popular choices. Critically acclaimed films like Lootera and The Lunchbox are conspicuous by their absence from the Best Film and Best Director categories, and scoop just one acting nomination each. Oscar entry The Good Road is missing entirely.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui credits his films Miss Lovely and Gangs of Wasseypur for putting Hindi films on a higher pedestal at the Cannes International Film Festival and says that post their screenings movie aficionados have started taking them seriously.
If 2013 was about box office records, it will also be remembered for superlative performances by a host of actors like Irrfan, Rajkummar Rao and Sushant Singh in highly acclaimed films such as The Lunchbox, Shahid and Kai Po Che respectively.
The year 2013 was one of Bollywood blockbusters. It began with hit Race 2 in January and the Dhoom 3 December release capped it on a high note. If viewers picked and chose their favourite films, directors too have a favourite list.
In 2013, the centenary year of Indian cinema, the Hindi film industry saw several high points.
The year enjoyed its big-ticket movies like Chennai Express and Krrish 3 at the Bollywood box office, but it also welcomed small wonders.