Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai and debutante filmmaker Vasan Bala's Peddlers are amongst 10 Indian films set to be screened at the upcoming 37th Toronto International Film Festival.
The films have been programmed for the 'City to City' section with an aim to bring global cities to Toronto audiences, where the focus will be on Mumbai this year. The festival is to be held from September 6-16.
"It feels good that Shanghai is going to Toronto. It is a big thing since this is not an international premiere, rather the film has been selected after its release in India. It shows Indian films have an audience abroad. Films like Shanghai hardly got any support earlier, I am glad that the perception is changing," Dibakar said.
Other movies to be screened at the festival are Habib Faisal's Ishaqzaade, Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely, Manjeet Singh's Mumbai's King, Mohit Takalkar's The Bright Day, Anand Gandhi's Ship of Theseus and Hansal Mehta's Shahid.
Peddlers, Gangs of Wasseypur and Miss Lovely were screened at the Cannes film festival.
"It's great that the film has been selected at Toronto after Cannes. Since the French press sighted a very American independent influence on the film, I am quite curious how it will be received here," Bala said.
Peddlers was produced by Kashyap and starred Gulshan Deviah, Siddharth Menon, Kriti Malhotra and Nimrat Kaur.