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Nandita DasNandita Das' 'Firaaq' to be premiered at Toronto film festival
18th Aug 2008  09.00 IST
By Agencies  


Actress-turned-director Nandita Das 's directorial debut Firaaq will be premiered at the 33rd Toronto International film festival commencing on September 4.

The movie is scheduled to be screened under the 'contemporary world cinema premiere' slot at the ten-day festival in Canada.




Talking to reporters in Mumbai recently, Nandita said her previous films -- Santosh Sivan's 'Before the Rains' and Adoor Gopalakrishnan's 'Nallu Penangal' were highly acclaimed in Toronto festival last year.

She said 'Firaaq' is an Urdu word which means both separation and quest. This is an ensemble film that unfolds within a day after a horrific communal carnage.

"The film has five different stories that are at times interconnected and at times discrete. The characters belong to different class, gender, age and community that represent a cross-section of society," the director said.

'Firaaq' has a strong star-cast that includes Naseeruddin Shah , Paresh Rawal , Deepti Naval , Raghuvir Yadav , Sanjay Suri and Tisca Chopra among others.

"It's like a dream come true to direct so many good actors. They were very supportive. I think being an actor myself, I struck a special chord with each of them who have given their best in the film," Nandita added.

Nandita said that her multiple roles as an actor, director and social worker all lead to the same goal of communicating her concerns and interests. "I try to be part of stories that need to be told and heard," she added.

'Firaaq' is for those who care about the world they live in, she said adding, "violence is everyone's concern and there is collective desire for peace. This is what compelled me to make it."

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