TheToronto International Film Festival will present world premieres from fourIndian filmmakers along with a Gala presentation of Karan Johar's New York City-set Bollywood-Hollywood romancer NeverSay Goodbye whose superstar cast thatincludes both Amitabh Bachchan and Shak Rukh Khan.
The premieres include Kabir Khan's multiingual KabulExpress. Starring John Abraham, the film wasshot on location in Afghanistan and tells of 48 hours in the lives fivepolitically and culturally diverse characters. It screens as a SpecialPresentation.
A Grave-Keeper's Talemarks the directorial debut Bollywood writer and actress Chitra Palekar. Thefilm, which screens in Discovery, stars Nandita Das (Water) as a woman outcast as a witch by her community.
Also screening in Discovery is Vanaja, an India-US coproduction from debut filmmakerRajnesh Domalpalli. It's the story of about an aspiring young dancer who fallsin love with the son of her female mentor.
Screening in the Real To Reel documentary programme, HaobamPaban Kumar's A Cry In The Dark examinesthe resistance struggle of India's Manipuri people, many of whom refuse toaccept the legality of the 1949 Indian annexation of their territory.
Writtenby Johar and Shibani Bathija and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Never SayGoodbye stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah RukhKhan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, and Preity Zinta. Yash Raj Films hasNorth American rights. TIFF is describing its screening as a "festival"premiere, as the film will be released in Indian communities in the UK, the USand Canada in August.