The prestigious Toronto International Film Festival aka TIFF announced this year’s lineup of films on July 24. Among them are films by Bollywood directors Anurag Kashyap and Nandita Das. “Hotel Mumbai,” starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, will also make its world premiere at TIFF.
TIFF takes place in the famed Canadian city and welcomes film industries from across the world for their galas and screenings. Here are the essential South Asian films you should know about from this year’s slate:
“Husband Material” aka “Manmarziyan”
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Kashyap’s upcoming Bollywood film “Manmarziyan,” which is also named “Husband Material” in English, will make it’s world premiere at TIFF before releasing in theaters on September 21. Set in a small town and shot in the Indian city of Amritsar, the film is described as a “flawed love story.” It marks Bachchan’s return to the big screen after a 2-year hiatus. Kaushal and Pannu have both gained fame by starring in cult hits like “Lust Stories” and “Pink.”
Director: Nandita Das
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rasika Dugal
Das’s “Manto” will make its North American premiere at TIFF. It first screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and was met with rave reviews. Siddiqui plays the titular (and controversial) Indo-Pakistani writer Sadaat Hasan Manto. Manto is often regarded as one of the finest writers of the 20th century, despite his violent and sexual themed short stories. The film is his autobiography combined with the background of India during and Independence.
Director: Anthony Maras
Despite suffering some legal setbacks over the last few months due to being associated with The Weinstein Company, “Hotel Mumbai” will make it’s world premiere at TIFF. The movie is a detailed look at the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai which took place over a course of 3 days and targeted the Taj Mahal hotel among other locations.
TIFF 2018 will take place from Sept 6-16, 2018.