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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) presents one of the world’s largest showcases of Canadian film. The Festival has also helped launch the careers of prominent filmmakers such as Deepa Mehta. Recent past premieres include WATER.

The TIFF runs from September 7 to September 16, 2006. Twenty-three screens in downtown Toronto, offer a broad spectrum of theatre-going experiences using venues that combine elegance with state-of-the-art facilities.

The Festival is now in its 12th year at Roy Thomson Hall for Gala Presentations, including Opening Night and Closing Night.

The VISA Screening Room, located at the Elgin Theatre, once again hosts Special Presentations, among other screenings.

Returning cinemas in the Festival Village include: Alliance Atlantis Cumberland Cinemas; Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas; Famous Players Paramount Theatre; Isabel Bader Theatre; The National Film Board Mediatheque; Royal Ontario Museum Theatre; and Ryerson Theatre.

The following Indian cinema films will be presented:

Gala Presentation at Roy Thomson Hall
Sunday September 10th at 1:30
NEVER SAY GOODBYE (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna)
Director: Karan Johar

NEVER SAY GOODBYE is an irresistibly entertaining love story. An ideal choice for our first ever Bollywood gala, it’s filled with huge stars, sweeping romance, comedy, heartache and dazzling musical numbers – all in one epic package. Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) is a New York-based soccer player married to hotshot magazine editor Rhea (Preity Zinta). They appear to be the picture of success and happiness. So do Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) and Maya (Rani Mukherji), although Maya’s inability to bear children does put some strain on the marriage. However, a chance meeting between Maya and Dev sets these two couples on a collision course.

For one billion fans in India to the South Asian diaspora communities in England, U.S. and Canada, to devoted fans in the Middle East, Russia and beyond, three-hour Hindi epics with extravagant musical numbers are the stuff dreams are made of. In recognition of this hugely popular genre, Mavericks presents THE MAKING OF A BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER, an event for Bollywood lovers and newcomers alike. From the astonishing all-star line-up of Indian film talent from NEVER SAY GOODBYE (which will screen as a Gala Presentation at this year's Festival), director Karan Johar, and actors Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, and Amitabh Bachchan will engage in a lively discussion about the huge popularity of Bollywood. The discussion is moderated by writer Suketu Mehta, whose non-fiction book about the film capital of Mumbai, Maximum City, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Mavericks presentations are held at the Elgin and Isabel Bader Theatres.

VISA Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre
Wednesday September 13th at 3:00 PM
Director: Mira Nair

VISA Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre
Friday September 15th at 6:00 PM
Director: Kabir Khan

Special Presentations


Chitra Palekar's ‘A Grave-keeper’s Tale’
Rajnesh Domalpalli's ‘Vanaja’

Real to Reel

Haobam Paban Kumar's 'Cry in the dark’


  1. I used to live in Toronto when I was a little kid. I wish I still lived there. We get a dinky little film festival here every year, and it's pretty much filled with terrible movies.

  2. Hi Matt,

    Sorry to hear that you only have a stinky festival where you are.

    I'm really hoping to make it to this year's festival in Toronto.

    Will you be going for any of it?

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  5. Sounds like film buffs will love this!

  6. I almost messed myself when I heard that Amitabh is coming to Toronto. Baby I got the vapours!

  7. Wow, thanks for this, Simran! I live about 20 mins away from Toronto. I am a movie buff but this year (owing to my 5-week vacation outside Canada) I haven't been paying close attention to the TIFF.

    I hope you'll be able to make it, it is always a lot of fun.