Abhishek Bachchan is back at the Toroto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has revealed the special connection he has with it.
He is there for a screening for his upcoming film Manmarziyaan.
“The last time I was in TIFF,” Bachchan joked,
Fans of Bollywood filled the cavernous Roy Thomson Hall in downtown Toronto to the rafters on Tuesday night for the Gala world premiere of the Anurag Kashyap’s movie, alternately titled Husband Material. It was, as always is the case when a star-driven vehicle from the Mumbai movie industry is unveiled in North America’s leading film festival, a celebratory occasion.
The film’s director, a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) regular, and his three leading actors – Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal – flew into the city after hectic rounds of promotions back in India for the all-set-for-release romance.
TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, introducing Manmarziyaan to its first audience, described Kashyap as “a pure cinephile”. He said:
“He has made a pure, joyful masala movie,” Bailey said, adding that he personally loves such films.
He also announced that “Manmarziyaan”, titled “Husband Material” in English, will open in TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival’s headquarters and principal venue, on September 21, a week after its India release.
He added: “It is always great to come to TIFF. If you love cinema, this is a great place to catch films.”
Referring to Abhishek Bachchan’s return to the big screen after a two-year hiatus, the director said: “I consider myself lucky that he chose to come back with this film.”