What is the one thing that connects all the three Indian films that are earning rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival? One of them is a woman-centric film and two of them have have been directed by female directors and have strong female leads.
The Toronto International Film Festival, held every September in Toronto, Canada, officially kicks off the awards season buzz, with films finding distributors and actors, actresses and directors receiving commendation for their work. This is just one part of TIFF, though. This year, at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, almost 400 films were screened, and apart from high drama, there were experimental or art house films.
Here are three Indian films have created a stir at TIFF.
Directed by Pan Nalin, Angry Indian Goddesses is an entertaining and well-made Indian film that is also unflinching in its feminism and is packed with great performances, with superb characterisation and a well-crafted narrative arc. Dubbed as “India’s first female buddy movie”, Angry Indian Goddesses was first runner-up at TIFF this year.
Angry Indian Goddesses tells the story of a group of friends who go through their own share of discrimination and problems, either at work or at home. They come from diverse backgrounds — a struggling actress, a singer who’s behind her game, a maid, a housewife, an activist, a businesswoman and a photographer, all make the narrative deliciously complex and emotionally rich.
Based on the infamous Aarushi Talvar murder case, Talvar is a fictionalised retelling of the Noida double murder case in Delhi in 2008. It premiered at TIFF and the narrative unfolds from the points of view of three characters, each presenting a different view of the events. Talvar is directed by Meghna Gulzar and stars Irfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Tabu.
Directed by Leena Yadav, Parched tells the tale of a 30-year-old widow, played by Tannishtha Chatterjee. Despite being an intensemovie, it has been much appreciated for its layers of humour and its fine performances.
Cover image via TIFF.