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Ishaqzaade, Wasseypur, Shanghai at the Toronto Film Festival
Ten highly anticipated films from Mumbai are to be showcased at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. Continue reading to find out which films made the cut.

Ishaqzaade, Wasseypur, Shanghai at the Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), made everyone take notice in 2011, after actors such as Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra, among others, graced the festival. This year as part of its City to City Program, ten films from Mumbai, a mix of commercial Bollywood films and indies, will be presented at the festival.

In its 38th year the TIFF will be held from September 6 to 16 and draws movies from more than 60 countries, the Indian film contingent comes only second to Hollywood and British star-powered delegates. No reputed international film festival has embraced Indian films in such a big way as the TIFF, which has celebrated both big-budget Hindi movies as well as regional language films such as Marathi, Konkani, Malayalam and Bengali among others.

Among the films to be screened this year is Anurag Kashyap's six-hour long two-part film Gangs of Wasseypur. From mainstream Bollywood, Habib Faisal's Ishaqzaade starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra and Dibakar Banerjee's political thriller Shanghai will screen at Toronto. This year's favorites in the festival circuit include Vasan Bala's Peddlers and Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely, which will also be shown and are likely to be hot picks.

Among the new films, which will have their world premiere at the TIFF are Hansal Mehta's Shahid, which is based on the real life story of murdered human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi. Then there's acclaimed short filmmaker and playwright Anand Gandhi's first feature film, Ship of Theseus, which is based on a devout monk stricken by illness, a blind photographer whose sight is suddenly restored, and a stockbroker who sets out to combat the illegal international trade in human organs and how they meet in the kaleidoscopic streets of Mumbai. Then there is Mumbai Cha Raja (King of Mumbai) by Majeet Singh, which is the story of a boy whose life is carefree until he has to take care of his father. The film stars Rahul Bairagi, Arbaaz Khan and Tejas Parvatkar. And last but not least is Mohit Takalkar's The Bright Day, which was shot with sophisticated DSLR cameras. The Bright Day is the story of a coddled young man who abandons his girlfriend and family to set out on a spiritual quest across India.







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