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Friday, August 25, 2006

TIFF's past premieres of Indian cinema films

I mentioned in a previous post about TIFF's past premieres included Deepa Mehta's 'WATER'.

Interestingly, this Indian cinema film has still not been released in India itself because of the controversial subject matter, although back in April it was supposedly given the ok to do so. The film starring John Abraham has been cleared by the Indian censor board with a UA certificate and surprisingly, without a single cut.

You can read of the article by Sudhir Daruwala on the opening of 'Water' at the Toronto International film festival in 2005.

Since then, 'Water' has won the Golden Kinnaree award for best film at the Bangkok Film Festival and three of the nine Genie Awards that it was nominated for, along with the Valladolid International Film Festival Youth Jury Award and two Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress - Canadian Film (Lisa Ray) and Best Director - Canadian Film (Deepa Mehta).

Watch the trailers of 'Water'.


  1. We have that movie on DVD but haven't watched it yet. I didn't realize it hadn't been released in India. How interesting.

  2. Yep. As a matter of fact, they had to film in Sri Lanka because the sets they were using to shoot in India were destroyed in protest!