12 Indian Films To Look Forward For At The Toronto International Film Festival

Posted on 5 September, 2016 by Team Wishberry


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Popularly known as TIFF, the Toronto Film Festival began over 40 years ago, dedicated to present the best of International Cinema to film enthusiasts. Over the years, the festival has grown into becoming a hub for film screenings, lectures, discussions and workshops on cinema, a space to receive industry support and a chance to meet filmmakers from every corner of the world.


Many Indian films screen and premier at the festival every year. But this year is even more special. This year the festival will be witnessing an impressive turnout from India, including a workshop event with Karan Johar.


We put together a whole list of films from India, by filmmakers of Indian descent and stories inspired from India. Watch out for these, and add them to your viewing list!


TIFF Masters

Anatomy Of Violence

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Anatomy of Violence directed by the internationally acclaimed director Deepa Mehta is based on the infamous 2012 fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus. The film will explore the nature of violence in relation to issues of gender and identity.


Once Again (Pinneyum)


16-time National Award Winning filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan returns to filmmaking after an 8 year long hiatus with Once Again. The film follows the story of a man who after living off the modest wealth of his in-laws for years comes up with a plan that draws his respectable middle-class family into a vortex of crime.


The Bait

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One of the country’s most celebrated directors, nationally and internationally acclaimed Buddhadeb Dasgupta brings another poetic comedic portrayal of the rural Indian life with Bait. Dasgupta has been known for films like The Tiger ManTheir StoryShelter of the Wings, and The Wrestlers. His work generally anchors an acknowledgement of important issues impacting Indian society. 


Land of the Gods (Dev Bhoomi)


Set in a remote Himalayan village, a native man who has been wandering for 40 years returns to his hometown to only be hit by dark memories and old grudges.

Land of the Gods makes a geographical and spiritual journey into the past, through the lens of Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic.


TIFF Documentaries


The Cinema Travellers

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Directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, this lyrical documentary chronicles the vanishing tradition of the mobile tent cinemas that brought films to faraway towns and villages across India.


India In A Day

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Directed by Richie Mehta and powered by Google, India in a Day is a new form of non-fiction filmmaking that uses footage shot by millions of people in India on one single day to assemble a lyrical portrait of modern India.


An Insignificant Man

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Filmmakers Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary, An Insignificant Man follows Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Aam Aadmi Party, shaking up the complacent and corrupt status quo of Indian politics. Kejriwal represented a new political future for India. The documentary chronicles what has happened since, and created a portrait of a country where 1.3 billion people with 29 official languages are still struggling to achieve real democracy.


Mostly Sunny

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Karenjit Kaur Vohra, a.k.a. Sunny Leone, a former nude model and adult-film star in the United States, in recent years changed focus and built a stable career in mainstream cinema in India.

Dilip Mehta, a Canadian of the Indian descent, documents this fascinating transition from a pornstar to a Bollywood celebrity.


TIFF Special Presentations


A Death In Gunj


A Death In Gunj marks Konkona Sen Sharma’s debut as a writer-director. The film is a coming-of-age story about a shy young Indian student who quietly unravels into adulthood during a family road trip.




While the film is not Indian, it has been inspired by the true story of Saroo Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family in India at the age of five. 25 years later he located his original home using Google Earth.


Directed by Garth Davis, the film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.


TIFF Special Event


Right To Pray

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Right To Pray directed by Khushboo Ranka is India’s first virtual reality film. It is an observational documentary that takes viewers to the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, where women are demanding entry into one of Hinduism's holiest shrines. The film documents one of many struggles on equality in the face of a 450-year-old tradition.


Gala Presentations


Queen of Katwe


Directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair, Queen of Katwe is a wonderful story of hope and discovery. The film is the true story of a young girl from rural Uganda who discovers a passion for chess, and sets out to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion.


The festival runs from the 8th – 16th of September. For more details visit www.tiff.net.


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