Thursday, July 30, 2015

Toronto 2015 first round lauds three Indian women directors!

2015 Toronto International Film Festival's first round Galas/Special Presentations

Three  films  that connect with India feature in the first lot of top line-up of films to be screened this year.  All three are by women directors

Of the 15 Galas and 34 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes films from such acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott, Michael Moore, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón,
Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller and Johnnie To.

India to the fore!

Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys       World Premiere
Gala screening 
Starring Randeep Hooda        

An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as the "nice boys") do anything "to be seen and to be feared" — in a white world.

Meghna Gulzar’s  Guilty (Talvar)       World Premiere
Starring Irrfan Khan.
Special Presentation 

Based on true events that set off a media frenzy all over the world. Guilty follows the 2008 Noida Double Murder Case of an investigation into the deaths of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, a domestic employed by Aarushi’s family, in Noida, India. The controversial case lives on in the mind of the public, despite a guilty verdict that sentenced the parents of the murdered girl to life in prison.

Leena Yadav’s Parched        World Premiere
Special Presentations 
Starring Tannishtha Chaterjee, Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla
Three ordinary women dare to break free from the century old patriarchal ways of their village in the desert heartland of rural India. This unforgettable tale of friendship and triumph is called Parched.

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