Irrfan Khan starrer 'The Lunchbox' in London Film Festival competition

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Sep 05, 2013 20:56:42 IST

London: Director Ritesh Batra's debut film "Dabba" (The Lunchbox), starring Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, will compete in the official competition section of this year's London Film Festival.

"Dabba", which earlier won the critics week viewers choice award at the 66th Cannes film festival, is the only Indian film to make it to the 13-film shortlist at the fest here.

The film has been jointly produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap among others. Described as India's hottest indie film of the year, "Dabba" is based on the Mumbai's dabbawalla delivery service known all over the world for its precision.

 Irrfan Khan starrer The Lunchbox in London Film Festival competition

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The film will face tough international competition from Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating alien; "Parkland", Peter Landesman's film about events in Dallas, "Texas" on the day former US President John F Kennedy was assassinated; and "Starred Up" from British director David Mackenzie.

Some of the other Indian entries in this year's line-up of 234 feature films from across 74 countries include "Jeevan Smriti", Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh's last complete feature before his sudden death in May. It is structured as a personal docu-drama around Ghosh's admiration for legendary
poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore.

Indo-Canadian production "Siddharth" by director Richie Mehta and Buddhadeb Dasgupta's "Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa" (Sniffer) have been selected in the Journey category this year.

An Indian village also forms the backdrop of Bhutanese director Khyentse Norbu's "Vara: A Blessing", starring actress Shahana Goswami in the lead. It is based on Indian poet and novelist Sunil Gangppadhyaya's short story and dedicated to Satyajit Ray's classic 'Charulata'.

PTI

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Updated Date: Sep 05, 2013 20:57:28 IST