The controversy started after the jury appointed by FFI selected Gujarati film, The Good Road, as India’s entry to the Oscars, when people were anticipating Batra’s The Lunchbox to be the choice. Batra had then expressed his disappointment on Twitter. In the letter to Batra, FFI secretary general Supran Sen had written, “We have been hearing and reading about your various unsavoury comments either through the film industry grapevine or through your Twitter /Facebook posts about the selection of The Good Road for Oscar. As a citizen of a democratic country you have every right to express yourself, but when a certain boundary is crossed time and again, one cannot take it lying down.”
Batra replied saying, “There was no intent to hurt anyone, but rather to participate in the vigorous debate that this decision ignited in the public domain.” Meanwhile, people poked fun at the letter written by FFI. “This letter shows the current condition of FFI. Looks like it’s been written by some 11-yr-old,” wrote Raman Kumar, a user, on a blog that posted the letter.