TIFF’s Love for Bollywood

Cameron Bailey, co-director of  The Toronto International Film Festival has had a love for Bollywood from a very young age. Now that IIFA 2011 is in Toronto this month everyone is buzzing about Bollywood! Here are Cameron’s pick for the stars to watch for:

  • Kiran Rao, whose directorial debut Dhobi Ghat he described as having “real artistic ambition, a real distinctive style to it, a real strong engagement with the social reality of Mumbai — and it had a major star in it.”
  • Farah Khan (Om Shanti Om): “One of the most skilled and talented filmmakers right now.”
  • Aamir Khan: “One of the most skilled and talented movie stars in the world. I’d say the same about Shahrukh Khan. These are people who know how to entertain on-screen in a way that at least matches or surpasses anything that Hollywood has produced. We’ve seen Shahrukh Khan outdraw Brad Pitt in sheer star power.”
  • Anurag Kashyap (That Girl in the Yellow Boots): “He’s going to be a very important filmmaker.”
  • Reema Kagti, whose next film is with Aamir Khan: “She’s someone who understands the commercial vocabulary, but wants to give a little more depth, a little more substance to her work.”
  • Aamir Bashir (Harud): “An actor who’s had success in commercial films and he’s chosen to begin to direct because he wants a little more control of the projects and to bring a little more substance to them.”

For Bailey’s full interview with  CBC News click here


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