Indian director Pan Nalin’s film Angry Indian Goddesses, has been voted as the first runner-up at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which concluded here on Sunday.
A huge cheer went up when TIFF creative directive Cameron Bailey announced the name of Angry Indian Goddesses as the first runner-up for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at this year’s festival.
Of the seven girls in the film, Sandhya Mridul and Rajshri Deshpande, who were present in the audience, shouted with joy at the announcement of the award for the film.
Toronto film festival CEO Piers Handling said tongue-in-cheek that he hoped Angry Indian Goddesses would win as the audience clapped for the Indian film.
Sandhya said her experience in the communications field stood her in good stead in playing her role in the film.
“We shot the film in 40 to 45 days... mostly in Goa and some in Mumbai,” she said.
Rajshri, who plays the role of housemaid Lakshmi in the film, said: “We had great fun doing this film, and we are happy that the audiences at TIFF have liked our film. Hopefully, the film will go on to do well when it opens in India.”
Also, Lenny Abrahamson’s poignant movie Room, that talks about the captivity of a young woman but told so movingly through her little son born to her in captivity, won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF.