Sep 102017

Indian cinema caters to the entire world; public has a huge appetite for our powerhouse and B-town has some wonderful people who make some stellar movies that don’t always compete with a Karan Johar movie at the box office, but leaves its mark on the world map. Film festivals are an amazing platform for such critically acclaimed work and here are some of the Indian movies which are making their mark and shining bright at the Toronto film festival:

1. The Brawler – Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Mukkabaaz’ tells the true story of a boxer who is trying to make his ends meet and also follow his passion to make it to the Indian National Boxing Championship.

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2. Pahuna: The Little Visitors – Produced by our ‘desi’ girl Priyanka Chopra, the movie has received a standing ovation at the festival. The movie follows the lives of three Nepalese kids who make their way through Sikkim in search of their parents.

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3. Village Rockstars: This one also has the flavours of the North East. The story tells the tale of a 10 year old girl who harbours a simple dream of making her own rock band.

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4. Omerta- This is the brainchild of Hansal Mehta and tells the stark tale of Omar Saeed Sheikh, the man responsible behind the kidnapping and killing of famous journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. Rajkummar Rao is the lead so you have no doubts about the credibility.

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5.Azmaish: A Journey Through The Subcontinent – This is a unique combination of a Pakistani director and Indian actor Kalki Koechlin. The movie has Kalki interview the commoners in both the countries and draw parallel of how life is in both the places.

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6. The Hungry- This is Bornila Chatterjee’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Adronicus’. Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra, the movie tells the tale of greed, revenge and murder.

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Next time someone tells you that our film industry is only about larger than life movies and dancing around trees, you know what to recommend them.

Sep 082017

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra

She impressed the audience in the West with her powerful performance in “Quantico” and actor Priyanka Chopra said she took up the American TV series to pave the way for artistes like her who come from different ethnicities.

The 35-year-old actor was speaking at TIFF Soiree’s Share Her Journey segment organised by Toronto International Film Festival.

The snippets of the tete-a-tete were tweeted from TIFF’s official account.

“When the opportunity came my way (to work in America), I saw it as an opportunity to break the ceiling for actors that look like me.

“Once I was asked not to be a part of a cast because I was too ethnic… I didn’t realise how hard it was until I came to North America,” Priyanka said.

The actor said her role of FBI agent, Alex Parish was “not written for an Indian girl”.

She added the ABC show, which has been renewed for a third season, “started a conversation about what terrorists are (supposed to) looks like”.

Talking about her journey in films, Priyanka said there was a time when filmmakers dropped her due to difference in opinion, which came with her being a woman.

“I’ve had people take away films from me because I might not have agreed with them,” she said.

The actor also discussed her critically-acclaimed films such as “Fashion” and “Mary Kom”.

“‘Fashion’ had many things that a female character wouldn’t do (in a Bollywood film) – drinking, smoking. It had truth. (It) gave women the power to talk about different facets of their lives. I (became) a pioneer for women of my generation… “‘Mary Kom’ was a challenging movie, which excited me even more. Give me something difficult and I’ll always say yes,” she said.

Priyanka won the National Film Award for best actress for the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed film.

On the red carpet of the 42nd annual film festival, the actor praised “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins for helming a studio superhero film.

“It’s not easy’ when you come into entertainment being a woman. You’ve got to pull your socks up for a fight. No one’s going to hand it out to you, whether it’s credit, whether it’s parts, whether it is the ability to make movies. “You can understand how hard and few and far between these opportunities are. But it’s got to take people like us to stand out there, dig our heels in and say we’re not going to stand for it anymore,” Priyanka told CBC Toronto.

The actor was present at the festival for the screening of her maiden Sikkimese production, “Pahuna”.

TIFF runs will run till September 17.

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