Ritesh Batra was born and raised in Mumbai, and is now based in Mumbai and New York with his wife Claudia and baby girl Aisha.


His feature script 'The Story of Ram' was part of the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors labs in 2009. His short films have been exhibited at many international film festivals and fine arts venues. His recent Arab language short 'Café Regular, Cairo', screened at over 40 international film festivals and won 12 awards. Café Regular was acquired by Franco-German broadcaster, Arte.


His debut feature 'The Lunchbox' (English, Hindi) starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique, and Nimrat Kaur, was shot on location in Mumbai in 2012. 'The Lunchbox'  premiered at the Semaine De La Critique (International Critics Week) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival to rave reviews. It won the Grand Rail d'Or Award and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.