From “Kill” to “Thank you for Coming” Indian films on TIFF lineup

The 48th edition of TIFF is scheduled to commence on September 7 and will run through September 17.

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Still from the Marathi film "A Match" / (Image- TIFF)

A celebration of Indian cinema will take place at the 48th edition of the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which Is scheduled to commence on September 7 and will run through September 17.

The festival will feature the world premiere  of six Indian films, the highest number of Indian films at the festival since 2012. In addition, three more films with an Indian theme but not created by an Indian company will be part of the festival’s lineup. The difficulties that an Indian family in West Asia endured will also be brought out in an emotive narrative.

The Indian films selected for this year’s TIFF include:

  • Director Karan Boolani’s “Thank You For Coming”
  • Kiran Rao’s “Laapataa Ladies or Lost Ladies”
  • Anand Patwardhan’s documentary “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or “The World is One Family”
  • Jayant Digambar Somalkar’s Marathi film “Sthal or A Match”
  • Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s genre film “Kill”
  • Subarna Dash and Vidushi Gupta’s short animation “This is TMI”

In addition to the films mentioned above, the festival will have a diverse selection of films that highlight India’s cultural significance. “I Am Sirat,” a documentary by seasoned Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, “Dear Jassi,” by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, “Slow Shift,” by Shambhavi Kaul, and “Yellow Bus,” based on an actual occurrence involving the Indian diaspora in the United Arab Emirates, are among them.

However, the lineup would have been broader had filmmaker Honey Trehan’s “Punjab ’95,” a film based on human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra’s discovery regarding police encounters in Punjab in the 1990s, not been withdrawn. Starring Diljit Dosanjh as Kalra, the film was scheduled to premiere in the gala presentations section on September 11, but TIFF’s website does not mention the biographical drama in its lineup anymore.


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