tip#372) I was looking forward to the Toronto International Film Festival currently under way. In one night I've already been able to taste the electric energy in the air, seen celebrities and discovered something that excites others.
At the Elgin Theatre I attended the gala screening of Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) from India. It was written by first time director Kiran Rao and starred her husband Aamir Khan. When Kiran introduced Aamir onstage the crowd went wild. They cheered for him so long and I had never even heard of the man. Since the fans cheering were predominantly South Asian I loved the realization I was discovering a huge Bollywood superstar.
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The movie was amazing and touching. Afterwards my friends and I joined in the crunch of fans and photographers at the entrance of the Elgin Theatre. Squeezed in with other movie lovers and star-gazers we watched the limos bring in Ed Norton, Milla Jovovich and Robert De Niro for their gala screening called Stone. Though it was exciting I am still thinking about the Mumbai movie.
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) 2010
According to the writer and director, Kiran Rao says this is her love letter to the city of Mumbai. The story is about four people separated by class and language that are drawn together into compelling relationships. Throughout the film you also discover the beauty of Mumbai.
The catalyst for all the relationships is the opening night for artist Arun (Aamir Khan) who meets Shai (Monica Dogra) an investment banker on sabbatical from the US. The sights, sounds and textures of the movie are so rich that I felt like I had been transported to India for an amazing visit.
Warm Interaction On Stage
What was also inspiring to see was the warm interaction on stage between Aamir and his wife Kiran before the film started. This gala event was clearly a dream come true for her and it was heartwarming that her husband passionately produced, starred and shared in her labour of love. Afterwards I would do more research on how successful and popular Aamir was around the world. The evening was a great gift for me.
We live in such a big world filled with so many different interests that excite each of us. Be open to opportunities that come your way that share new ideas, people and cultures. They could inspire you in unexpected ways. And if you hear the ecstatic screaming of fans somewhere just be curious. You may discover something absolutely fantastic!
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