Carving a niche: Indian films nominated for Toronto International Film Festivalby Shubhangi Jena July 29 2017, 5:06 pm Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 51 secs
Grabbing a spot each in the world premiere for Toronto International Festival are films Omerta, Mukkabaaz and The Hungry. Omerta is directed by director Hansal Mehta, Mukkabaaz by Anurag Kashyap whereas ‘The hungry’ is Bornila Chatterjee’s creation.
Hansal Mehta’s Omerta accounts the gripping tale of Ahmed Omar Sheikh, a British born terrorist who allegedly kidnapped and manslaughtered the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in the year 2002. It seems Mehta has roped in his all-time favorite Rajkumar Rao to be the scene-stealer. Mehta himself tweeted about the initial line-up through his tweet. It read, “#OMERTA will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 (#TIFF2017). Congratulations & love to the team!”
Anurag Kashyap’s film throws light on the story of a baseborn boxer who punches his way to grab a place in the boxing world. Not much has been revealed about the movie yet it anticipates an applaudable launch at the film festival.
In the movie, The Hungry, Bornila Chattertjee narrates a twisted tale of a pompous Indian wedding which witnesses Shakespeare’s sanguinary tragedy Titus Andronicusto. The film casts Naseeruddin Shah, Sayani Gupta and Tisca Chopra.
Besides three sagacious movies, there’s more to look out for. Stephen Frears ‘Victoria and Abdul’ which features Ali Fazal alongside Judi Dench is also the talk of the festival.
Besides the three Indian titles, Stephen Frears' "Victoria And Abdul", starring Indian actor Ali Fazal alongside Judi Dench, has also been selected at the festival.
The other feature films lined up are Guillermo del Toro's adult fairy tale "The Shape of Water", Alexander Payne's Matt Damon-starring comedy "Downsizing", Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’
Under the Galas 2017 segment, the nominated films include Andy Serkis' directorial debut "Breathe", is Deniz Gamze Ergven's "Kings" and Haifaa Al Mansour's "Mary Shelley". David Gordon Green’s ‘Stronger’ which accounts the harrowing incident of Boston Marathon bombing, Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Mountain Between Us’ which stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, , Angelina Jolie's "First They Killed My Father" and Craig Gillepsie's "I, Tonya" are the icing on the cake.