This Indian movie has trumped Hollywood biggies at TIFF
Vasan Bala's 'Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota', which became the first Indian film to premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, has won the Grolsch Viewers' Choice Award.
David Gordon Green's 'Halloween' and Sam Levinson's 'Assassination Nation' bagged the second and third positions respectively.
"It hasn't sunk in yet," said Vasan Bala during post-awards brunch.
What is the plot of the movie?
'Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota', completed just in time for TIFF, stars newcomer Abhimanyu Dassani in the role of a young man who has a congenital disorder that makes him incapable of feeling any pain. The condition allows him to jump into violent fights without worrying about being hurt.
The film stars Radhika Madan in the key role of the hero's girlfriend.
Another Indian film won IWC International Short Films Award
Another Indian film, 'The Field', directed by London-based Sandhya Suri, won IWC International Short Films Award.
"It's amazing that this film about a woman in rural India has been recognized in this way in TIFF," Suri said.
'The Field' is a 19-minute fiction film about a woman who finds a way against all odds to assert her innermost urges in an ultra-conservative setting.
Toronto International Film Festival
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota
David Gordon Green
IWC International Short Films Award
Ko Dard Nahin Hota
London-based Sandhya Suri