Ritesh Batra (born 12 June 1979) is an Indian filmmaker.
Batra is widely known for his debut feature film The Lunchbox starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and won Rail d’Or (Grand Golden Rail). Batra also won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best First Feature Film in 2014. The Lunchbox has been called the highest grossing foreign film in America, Europe and Australia for the year of 2014 grossing over 25 Million USD/180 Crore INR.
Batra was nominated for a BAFTA Award for The Lunchbox in the category Film Not in the English language in 2015.
He has directed the English-language film The Sense of an Ending, starring Jim Broadbent. The film is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending.