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Dazzling lineup of films from India at Toronto International Film Festival 2023

by Joe Bourn
The imminent arrival of the Toronto International Film Festival brings with it the opportunity to collectively enjoy a wide range of cinematic adventures, as it consistently does. Renowned for propelling outstanding film projects to the fore, the festival boasts an impressive selection of Indian films this year, heightening our anticipation even further.

Here are all the Indian creations that have secured a spot on the festival lineup, from September 7 to 17:

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Unity: Gala presentations

Starring Bhumi Pednekar, Shehnaz Gill and Pradhuman Singh Mall, the film delves into the journey of Kanika Kapoor, a woman in her thirties, as she navigates her search for true love and fulfillment.

Lost Ladies

Unity: Center piece

Set in rural India in 2001, Kiran Rao’s second directorial effort unfolds as a comic tale involving two young brides caught in a web of mistaken identities. The film features Pratibha Ranta and Nitanshi Goel in lead roles.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam / The world is family

Unity: TIFF documents

Anand Patwardhan, a documentary filmmaker, presents a poignant portrayal of his parents, exploring the complex connection between their lives and India’s struggle for independence.


Unity: Midnight Madness

In the cinematic narrative directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat and brought to life through the production efforts of Karan Johar, Guneet Monga, Achin Jain and Apoorva Mehta, a train en route to New Delhi transforms into a battlefield. Here, a duo of commandos engage in a fierce conflict against a marauding bandit horde. The cast includes Lakshya Lalwani, Tanya Maniktala and Raghav Juyal.

Sthal / A Match

Unity: Discovery

In Jayant Digambar Somalkar’s debut feature film, the narrative revolves around a young woman’s struggle for autonomy in a patriarchal society that strongly supports arranged marriages as the only option.

Dear Jassi

Unity: Platform

Presented in both Punjabi and English, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar’s filmmaking marks his initial foray into an Indian setting. The film is inspired by a true story, depicting the fiery journey of a young couple determined to overcome all odds to unite.

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