English Vinglish marks the comeback of Indian star Sridevi. She plays Shashi, a woman who does not know English and in turn is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. English Vinglish is the story of Shashi’s transformation and overcoming her insecurity.
Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children (Canada/ United Kingdom) is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie. “At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman, and Shiva, the offspring of wealthy Muslims, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other.”
The film stars Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran, Siddharth, Ronit Roy, Rahul Bose, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Soha Ali Khan, Anita Majumdar, Zaib Shaikh and Darsheel Safary.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by Mira Nair will also be screened at the festival.
The Toronto International Film Festival that runs from September 6 to 16, 2012 announced the first 37 films to premiere at the festival as Galas and Special Presentations on Tuesday.