‘Omerta’,’ Mukkabaaz’ selected for Toronto Film festival

Director Hansal Mehta’s “Omerta”, Anurag Kashyap’s “Mukkabaaz”, and Bornila Chatterjee’s “The Hungry” are the three Indian films that will have their world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In “Omerta”, which features Mehta’s perennial favourite Rajkummar Rao, the director recounts the story of infamous British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered ‘Wall Street Journal’ reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

“#OMERTA will have its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 (#TIFF2017). Congratulations & love to the team!,” Mehta tweeted after the festival unveiled its initial line-up.

Kashyap’s film about a lower-caste boxer struggling to make his mark on the boxing world, is another highly anticipated title at the festival.

In “The Hungry”, Chatterjee has adopted Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy Titus Andronicusto, which unfolds at a big fat Indian wedding.

The film features Naseeruddin Shah, Sayani Gupta and Tisca Chopra.

All three films will be screened under Special Presentations section, which opens with Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut “Lady Bird” and closes with Amr Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson”.

Besides the three Indian titles, Stephen Frears’ “Victoria And Abdul”, starring Indian actor Ali Fazal alongside Judi Dench, has also been selected at the festival.

(Agencies)

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