Advertisement
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
Outlook.com

Toronto Diary

A journalist's diary from the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival.

Toronto Diary
Toronto Diary
outlookindia.com
2018-09-28T14:41:24+05:30
Mard Sightings At Midnight

The world premiere of Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota was pretty painless for the filmmaker. The first Indian film ever to be selec­ted as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s popular Midnight Madness programme, it also gathered the coveted People’s Choice Award in that segment, as the festival concluded. Premieres for films slotted in this section occur at a minute to midnight and the audience, plenty pleased with the screening, streamed out of the Ryerson University auditorium way past 2 am. It was closer to three as the director stopped by the sidewalk outside the venue and chatted merrily with stragglers who had spent two-and-a-quarter hours at the packed show. Also present were the film’s 20-something stars, Abhimanyu Dassani (son of act­ress Bhagyashree) and Radhika Madan, who gamely struck poses with newfound fans. It may have been the lateness of the hour, but Madan, wearing a tux, wasn’t quite sure whether MKDNH would count as her big screen bow. After all, another film of hers, Pataakha, had its theatrical release in India this Friday, prior to that of MKDNH. That confusion, though, was dispelled as Bala pointed out she had just walked out of the premiere of his film, and so, formally, she was already the debutante she appeared all dressed up for.

Nouveau TIFF

Curiously enough, this was a year for newcomers in films with an Indian connection. Assamese director Rima Das, who had won accolades and awards for her previous film Village Rockstars—now also India’s nominee in the Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars—returned to TIFF this year with Bulbul...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Aryan Khan Drug Case Live Updates | Arrested For An Offence We Did Not Commit, Argues Amit Desai

Aryan Khan Drug Case Live Updates | Arrested For An Offence We Did Not Commit, Argues Amit Desai

The Bombay High Court is hearing Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s bail petition in connection with his arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau on October 3.

Mandi Bypoll: 'Do They Want Me To Become Sati?', Asks Congress Candidate Pratibha Singh

Mandi Bypoll: 'Do They Want Me To Become Sati?', Asks Congress Candidate Pratibha Singh

Pratibha Singh talks about her decision to contest the poll and carry forward the legacy of ‘Raja Sahib’, ex-Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh.

T20 World Cup, Live: Ahmed Gives Bangladesh Breakthrough

T20 World Cup, Live: Ahmed Gives Bangladesh Breakthrough

Follow live updates and cricket scores of Bangladesh vs England, ICC Men's T20 World Cup match in Abu Dhabi.

Pegasus Snooping Row: SC Cites 'Right To Privacy', Appoints 3-Member Probe Panel

Pegasus Snooping Row: SC Cites 'Right To Privacy', Appoints 3-Member Probe Panel

Stressing on the right to privacy, CJI Ramana said it was incumbent upon the Centre to seriously consider the use of such a technology.

Advertisement