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Mira Nair discusses “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and TIFF

By |September 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Mira Nair has a great history with the Toronto Film Festival. Her films like "Salaam Bombay" and "The Namesake" have debuted at TIFF. But she was also supposed to debut "Monsoon Wedding" at the festival in 2001. But when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, all plans were scratched. In a great interview with Indiewire, she discusses that fateful September more than 10 years ago: On Sept 9, 2011, I had received the Golden Lion at Venice.  I flew directly to Toronto, and my family was to join me on the 11th.  I was doing 15 interviews a [...]

Hansal Mehta discusses “Shahid” and career with Dear Cinema

By |September 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Dear Cinema conducted a fantastic interview with Hansal Mehta earlier this month about his TIFF 2012 entry "Shahid" and his career. Here is an excerpt from that interview by Nandita Dutta: What is Shahid about? Shahid is based on the remarkable journey of human rights lawyer / activist Shahid Azmi. It is a very personal account of an inspiring life tragically cut short.  As Cameron Bailey of TIFF describes very beautifully on the TIFF website “it marries elements of political thriller, personal biography and romantic tragedy while being a courtroom drama at its core.”   What inspired you to make [...]

TIFF 2012 leaves lasting impressions

By |September 20th, 2012|Uncategorized|

The Toronto International Film Festival is over but the impressions continue to linger. As of Sept. 15, approximately 40 films have been sold to distributors. In fact, participation from Asian delegates made all the difference according to a press release from TIFF: The Festival’s Sales and Industry Office accredited 4,280 industry delegates this year – a 9% growth over 2011 – and worked closely with delegates to facilitate information sharing and foster relationships between accredited buyers, sales agents, producers and filmmakers. Industry delegates represented 2,563 companies and came to Toronto from 81 countries (up from 77 in 2011). Notably, attendance [...]

Ashim Ahluwalia Interviewed by Huffington Post

By |September 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Yet another TIFF 2012 director is being highlighted by the Huffington Post. This time it's Ashim Ahluwalia, director of "Miss Lovely", getting the spotlight. Here is an excerpt from the interview with Marissa Bronfman: How do you see the Indian film industry changing over the next 10 years? What will be your role in that change? How do you expect international critics and audiences to react to this change, if at all? I hope we see less formula filmmaking and more films by directors who have a personal vision. I hope we see more risky, crazier, braver films that push [...]

Can Indie Films Break Through Bollywood Stereotypes?

By |September 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

It's a fair (albeit not a new) question for today's filmmakers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Independent films have just as much of a mystical aura as your typical glitzy Bollywood production (for different reasons and audiences). But how do the people making these films from India do something groundbreaking enough to shatter the rest of the world's image of Bollywood? Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail dissects that very topic and the discussion is fairly enlightening. “Ask most North American critics what they’re excited about and it’s not Indian film,” Aseem Chhabra, the New York-based film [...]

THR profiles “Ship of Theseus”

By |September 8th, 2012|movies we loved, now playing, TIFF, upcoming movies|

Anand Gandhi's "Ship of Theseus" is one of the 10 Indian films showcased in this years City to City Program at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nyay Bhushan discusses the film and Gandhi's aspirations in a terrific interview for The Hollywood Reporter. The interview reveals an out of the box mind in Gandhi, especially when he starts talking about the human body. A way of thinking he wants to pose his audience with his new film: The film came about when I was nursing my grandmother and I was surrounded by death and disease. The film began as a question [...]

Mumbai Meets Toronto

By |September 8th, 2012|movies we loved, now playing, TIFF, upcoming movies|

If ever there was evidence of Indian independent films making waves on a global scale, it’s at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). There are 10 films from India showing at the Canadian festival and all of them are getting some great recognition. In fact, Mumbai has been selected as the showcase in this year’s City to City Program. The Huffington Post highlights the importance of the program and the films being presented: This is the fourth edition of the Festival's City to City program, which has featured a different international filmmaking locale every year. The past three years [...]