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Nandita Das' directorial debut at Toronto fest

india Updated: Aug 14, 2008 19:59 IST
Nandita Das

Nandita Das' directorial debut Firaaq, based on the 2002 Godhra incident in Gujarat, will be screened at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), starting September 4.

The film, produced by the Percept Picture Company (PPC), has been selected in the Contemporary World Cinema Premiere category of the fest. Nandita is excited with her first film going to the TIFF.

"I have been attending TIFF since Fire in 1996. It is a film lover's festival and I am pleased that Firaaq will have its world premiere there," said Nandita in a statement.

"Festivals are very important to garner attention and international buyers for the film. I am also looking forward to share this film with people in India. This time competition will be tough as many films by seasoned directors are contending for the place," she added.

Firaaq is set for October release in India.

Nandita's two films were showcased at the TIFF last year - Santosh Sivan's Before the Rains and Adoor Gopalkrishnan's Nallu Penangal and both were appreciated.

Firaaq has a bevy of top-rung actors, including Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Deepti Naval, Raghuvir Yadav and Sanjay Suri.

Shehmat Khan, a fourth-standard boy from Hyderabad, also plays an important role in the movie.

"It was a dream to work with so many good actors. They were very supportive. I think being an actor myself, I struck a special chord with each of my actors, who have given their best in the film," Nandita said.

The message Nandita wants to convey through the movie is that violence is no solution to a social problem. It only leaves a trail of destruction, socially and psychologically.

Apart from Firaaq, another PPC-produced film titled Kanjivaram will be screened at the nine-day film fest.