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In India, any movie without song and dance is considered an art-house film. Such is the case with The Lunchbox. Filmmaker Ratesh Batra talks about why he made this sweet romance with European backers. Plus, Batra addresses the controversial decision by the Indian film federation not to choose the film as that country's submission for the Oscars.

Banner image: (L-R) Ritesh Batra and  Irrfan Khan on the set of The Lunchbox

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 18 SEC

Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine and KCRW's The Spin-off joins John Horn to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Anne Sweeney's departure from Disney/ABC
Dreamworks Animation takes yet another multi-million dollar write-down on a failed film.
SXSW embraces TV or 'Episodics'

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The Lunchbox Filmmaker 21 MIN, 22 SEC

Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra talk with Kim Masters about the emergent indie film scene in Mumbai. His film, The Lunchbox, which has no songs or dance numbers -- hallmarks of traditional Bollywood movies -- represents just such an 'arthouse' genre. Batra also discusses the controversy that The Lunchbox was not chosen by India's film federation to be that country's Oscar entry.

 

Guests:
Ritesh Batra, filmmaker (@RiteshBatra)

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An Indian Appetizer, Subtly Spiced, 'The Lunchbox,' a Bollywood Anomaly, Comes to America
Bollywood at 100: How Big Is India's Mammoth Film Industry?
India Oscar Controversy: Film Body Demands Apology From 'Lunchbox' Helmer As Questions Linger Over 'Good Road' Pick

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