Indian cinema has always made everyone proud, on the International platform as well. This time around two films of the Indian origin have made it to the Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
Sayani Gupta’s ‘The Hungry’ and Ali Fazal’s ‘Victoria and Abdul’ are the two selected films from India that have been selected as the Official Entry to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival’ 2017.
‘The Hungry’ is directed by Bornila Chaterjee and stars the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Sayani Gupta and Tisca Chopra in the lead.
While, ‘Victoria and Abdul’ is directed by Stephen Frears and has Ali Fazal paired opposite Dame Judi Dench. The film is produced by Focus Features and is set to release on 15th September 2017 in the UK.
Speaking of ‘Victoria and Abdul’, Ali Fazal said, “This is totally grand, TIFF is always known for its select films and that is very interesting to know that we have been selected for that and we are having our world premiere there. The film team is really amazing, with Stephen Frears I think people are always looking forward to his movies.”
The other entrant, ‘The Hungry’ star Sayani Gupta is super excited for the films official entry at TIFF. She says, “I’m ecstatic that ‘The Hungry’ has been selected for TIFF. It’s an absolute honour being selected for TIFF and is extremely rewarding that this is the third year that my film is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival after ‘Margarita with a Straw’ and ‘Parched’. So it’s a hat trick for me! Working with Bornila was like a dream. All along the shooting we (the cast and crew) felt that we were creating something special. She is so young but incredibly sorted, brilliant and completely in control of the craft. It was also a fantastic star cast including Naseer, Tisca, Neeraj Kabi, Suraj Sharma, Antonio, Arjun, Karan Pandit, Savita. But the cherry on the cake has to be working with Naseer on this film. I play his daughter in the film and he really made the coolest father there ever could be! We are all excited with the TIFF premiere and also looking forward it also cause this year its focus is women.”