As you can tell from reading Urban Asian, Oscar-winning Danis Tanovic’s new film Tigers, has been causing quite a buzz around the world. The film features Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi in his first international project, and as we had mentioned earlier, was going to have its grand premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Monday evening. The 9:45 pm show at Scotiabank Theatre on 8th Sep in Toronto turned out to be even more popular than expected! It was a sold out screening! The audience watched in rapt attention the true story of the salesman who blew the whistle on the baby food scandal in Pakistan.
Besides Emraan and Danis, present at the screening was National Award-winning actress Geetanjali who plays Zainab, the wife of the salesman. Also in attendance were the film’s producers Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic and Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment plus Tigers’ co-producer and co-writer- Andy Paterson.
But the highlight of the evening, apart from the movie itself which got a standing ovation, was the curtain call. After the usual introduction of the actors, Danis called on stage Syad Aamir Raza, the salesman on whose life the film is based on and who is played by Emraan in the film. As Aamir walked up to the stage with his wife Shafqat, everyone in the audience was deeply moved.
“The screening was great and it was good that Aamir was there at the premiere,” said Emraan. “The audience verdict was fantastic. The issue is now out in the forefront and more and more people will get to know about the subject as the film releases.”
It is great to see that the film highlighted its actors as well as the man the story was based on!