'Mard' beats Hollywood bigwigs to win TIFF award


17 Sep 2018

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.

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What is the plot of the movie?

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.

Pride moment

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.

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Toronto International Film Festival

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Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota

Film Awards



Abhimanyu Dassani

Another Indian

Assassination Nation

Choice Award

David Gordon Green


Grolsch Viewers


IWC International Short Films Award

Ko Dard Nahin Hota

London-based Sandhya Suri

Midnight Madness

Radhika Madan

Sam Levinson

Sandhya Suri


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