The end of summer brings us shorter days, the joys of fall fashion, and the fabulous Toronto International Film Festival. This year, we’re thrilled to see South Asian and Indian cinema featured front and centre at the festival.

We already showed you the impressive list of independent Indian films being featured as part of the Mumbai Spotlight at TIFF, but there are two other South Asian-centric films that will have gala openings at the festival: Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Deepa Mehta’s, Midnight’s Children. Both are based on critically acclaimed novels (British Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid penned The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and the Booker Prize winning Midnight’s Children was written by Salman Rushdie, also known for his work in Bridget Jone’s Diary) and both are directed by critically acclaimed, award nominated, female directors.

Midnight's Children, Rahul Bose, Anita Majumdar

We had a chance to speak with gorgeous Canadian actress, Anita Majumdar, who plays the role of Emerald in Midnight’s Children, on heading to TIFF.

“It feels pretty surreal, almost fictional because I’ve never experienced an event like this in my career. I’m definitely excited because what a way to have my first TIFF experience than with a Deepa Mehta film, Gala presentation!”

On her character, Emerald:

“Emerald is incredibly ambitious. She believes she was destined for great things and spends most of her youth waiting to step into her greatness. And so when she meets General Zulfikar (played by Rahul Bose), she sees the potential for her dreams to come true. In a film that chronicles the change of personal and national destiny, Emerald’s story adds some extra fuel towards that through-line.”


Catch Midnight’s Children and The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the Toronto International Film Festival from Sept 6 – 16. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

Photography: Provided by Toronto International Film Festival Press Office