The decision triggered off a chain of indignant protests from supporters of The Lunchbox. Director Ritesh Batra sounded positively disenchanted when he said, "It's heartbreaking. This was our shot at getting the Oscar back to India."
Ritesh expressed concern over how the Oscar-defeat would impact The Lunchbox's international potential. "Our US distributors Sony Pictures are also very disappointed. They feel this was one Indian film that could have gone all the way."
Ritesh is pleased by the way the film has been received by the audience. "However an Oscar nomination or win casts a global spotlight on the film from a particular country. Indian cinema deserves that. Having said this, I have to admit the audience appreciation is the real reward." At the same time, Ritesh wonders at the decision taken by the jury. "I hope that the Film Federation Of India's decision was correct. If it is not, then all the parties concerned would owe the country an explanation."
Says Gautam, "I loved The Lunchbox. But the decision to select The Good Road was a collective one taken by a 16-member jury. Let's wait and see what happens at the Oscars."
About the vitriolic attack on the jury for its selection Gautam Ghose says, "Judging anything on earth is a thankless task."