Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tera haath chhookar…

Happy Birthday, Rani!

Tera haath chhookar 
rooh ko panaah mil gayi
Teri hatheli mein mujhe
Meri khoyi kismet mil gayi
Teri khushbu odh kar chalta hoon Tujh mein bheegta aur jalta hoon Jaane kya ho gaya hai ye mujhko Bas tujh mein hi dooba rehta hoon
Teri hansi sunn kar Meri dhadkan muskaa gayi Tere honton pe maano jaise Mere liye pyaari dua aa gayi
Sota raha main itne saalon tak Kaash yeh neend pehle tooti hoti Khwaabon ko apne jee leta saare Tujh si hi haseen yeh zindagi hoti
Jee karta hai tera haath pakadkar Chalta rahoon saahilon par yun hi Raat hone mein toh abhi waqt hai Gungunaate rahein kuchh yun hi

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ritesh Batra's response to the FFI letter

Director of 'The Lunchbox' responds to the letter he received from FFI.

Email received from the director's PR agency

Dear Sir, 
I just received your letter. Many industry stalwarts have made comments similar to mine but you sent the letter to me, a debutant filmmaker, but I am honoured and proud to speak for my film and team. If an apology is what you demand, you have it. Both you and the jury have my wholehearted apology. 

There was no intent to hurt anyone, but rather to participate in the vigorous debate that this decision ignited in the public domain. 

I sincerely hope that the annual reactions to our Academy selections from the national press, and this year from even the international press, prompt a new policy for the selection. Sir, please use your good offices to give us a transparent, objective process with a public and not a secret jury. It is a direct and humble request, not a criticism. 

I have moved on from this debate to focus on more productive pursuits and I would encourage everyone to do the same. With much respect for your tough job. 



Ritesh Batra


@riteshbatra on Twitter