5 Indian films to premiere at Toronto festival

Toronto: As the 2022 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns with screenings in theatres, Indian movies will make their presence felt with as many as five scheduled to have their premieres.

Among the major attractions for the Indo-Canadian community, this year will be the debut feature ‘Kacchey Limbu’, from director Shubham Yogi. “Whether it’s about playing an old sport in a new way, challenging sexist traditions, or changing your mind about what you want to be, this is a film about embracing possibility – and playing not to win, but for the pure pleasure of the game,” TIFF said about the film.

Another draw could be director Nandita Das’ ‘Zwigato’, as it stars Indian comedian Kapil Sharma, who plays a driver for a food delivery app.

Also on the slate is National Award-winning director Rima Das’ ‘Tora’s Husband’. Her latest feature is set in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be the first Indian film to be featured in the prestigious Platform section.

Director Vinay Shukla will bring his documentary ‘While We Watched’ to the festival this year, with TV journalist Ravish Kumar at its center. “Although the film is rooted in India, its depiction of misinformation eroding fact-based news could apply to any number of countries from Russia to the United States,” TIFF noted about the production.

Legendary director Satyajit Ray’s last feature, Agantuk, made in 1991, will also be presented at the festival.

Finally, while officially a Canadian production, New Delhi-born director Nisha Pahuja’s documentary ‘To Kill A Tiger’, is based in India, as it tracks the compelling story of a family in Jharkhand struggling for justice after a 13-year-old girl is sexually assaulted by three men.

The festival runs from September 8 to 18.

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