From Sthal and Dear Jassic bagging awards to Thank You for Coming getting a standing ovation, here’s how Indian films made an impact at TIFF this year!

Aishwarya Srinivasan
New Update
Toronto International Film Festival

Indian films have been unstoppable in making a global impact this year and we take it further by winning accolades at TIFF. 

Toronto International Film Festival aka TIFF is one of the biggest film festivals in the North American continent and this year the highest number of Indian films premiered at TIFF since 2012. A total of six Indian films were screened this year and 4 other films by directors of Indian descent, shot completely in India were also talked about a lot amongst the cinephiles attending the festival. Karan Boolani and Rhea Kapoor’s Thank You For Coming, Kiran Rao’s Lost Ladies, Anand Patwardhan’s documentary Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Jayant Digambar Somalkar’s Sthal, Nagesh Bhat’s Kill produced by Karan Johar and Guneet Monga, Subarna Dash and Vidhushi Gupta’s short animation This is TMI. Other than these, there’s veteran Indo-Canadian directed Deepa Mehta documentary I am Sirat, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar’s Dear Jassi, Shambhavi Kaul’s Slow Shift which is an Indo-US short, and director Wendy Bednarz’s Yellow Bus. 

Rhea Kapoor’s Thank You For Coming which has been creating quite a buzz on social media as well, is a film on female pleasure and has highly impressed the audience and critics who watched the film over the weekend. The star cast which includes Bhumi Pednekar, Shehnaaz Gill, Kusha Kapila, Dolly Singh, Shibani Bedi and Anil Kapoor, received a standing ovation from the audience after the screening. 

Jayant Digambar Somalkar’s Marathi film Sthal and Tarsem Singh Dhandwar’s Dear Jassi both emerged as winners at the closing ceremony of the festival. While Sthal won the NETPAC Award (Network for the promotion of Asian Cinema), Dear Jassi won the Platform Award which basically honors bold directorial visions. 

Karan Johar and Guneet Monga’s KILL starring Lakshya became the first runner up at the Midnight Madness PCA rankings as the film was very well received by the audience and critics. It has now created a hype for its eventual theatrical release. 

 We can’t wait for these films to hit the big screens as well! Hope you enjoyed our updates about TIFF 2023!

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