Three Indian films including one by Anurag Kashyap and one by Hansal Mehta are set to have a world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Known for his success in various international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, writer and director Anurag Kashyap’s latest film The Brawler titled as Mukkebaaz in Hindi is one among the three. The 145-minute long film is about a boxer coming from an underprivileged family struggling to make his mark in the boxing world. The film features Vineet Singh in the lead role.
Next is Hansal Mehta’s Omerta that recollects the lesser-known story of the infamous British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. The 96-minute long Omerta features Raj Kumar Rao in the lead character.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) July 25, 2017
The third of the lot, The Hungry is from a new director, Bornilla Chatterjee. A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s gory tragedy, Titus Andronicus is set in modern-day India, where corruption, greed, and revenge run rampant at an extravagant wedding, this film is gaining a lot of momentum.
Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird is announced as the Opening Night feature for the Special Presentations category while Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson will be the closing night film.
TIFF 2017 will take place from September 7 to 10.
An Insignificant Man – TIFF documentary 2016
A documentary film made based on the journey of the present chief minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, An Insignificant Man, finds a special mention at the TIFF website in the form of a podcast with the co-directors of the film, Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla the co-directors of the film talks about their experience as an official entry to the TIFF 2016 and their recent conflict with the Censor Board of India. Do give a patient hearing as the director-duo talks about if there is a room for censorship in modern films?