TIFF RED CARPET: Deepa Mehta, Salman Rushdie and shrieking lovers of Bollywood at Midnight’s Children
Screaming Hollywood fans have nothing on screaming Bollywood fans. Absolutely bupkis. Case in point: members of Toronto’s Indian community at the red carpet premiere of Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children at Roy Thomson Hall last night. The film is adapted from Salman Rushdie’s magical-realist novel about children born on the eve of India’s independence who grow up with superpowers, and features a number of major Indian film stars. Bollywood fans lined up to scream for lookers Siddharth, Shriya Saran and Satya Bhabha. Indian superstar Anupam Kher (who popped up at TIFF in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook) also posed for the cameras. Mehta walked the carpet alongside Rushdie, who paused to sign books for fans spilling over the gates and answer dated fatwa questions. And what’s this? MP Justin Trudeau walking the red carpet with his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau? That’s it! End TIFF. We’ve officially been starstruck.