Toronto International Film Festival features films by Indian American Filmmakers

Mira Nair’s biographical drama film, “The Queen of Katwe,” the long-awaited biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, is among the films chosen to be featured in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut “A Death in the Gunj,” is another film by an Indian-origin director at the premiere Film Fest to be held from September 8th to 18th.

The Festival also marks the world premiere of several films by and featuring Indians, preseting a diverse and exciting lineup of films that includes the Dev Patel starrer “Lion,” “The Headhunter’s Calling” featuring Anupam Kher, and “Barry” by New York-based Indian American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi.
Oscar-nominated Indo-Canadian screenwriter, director, and producer Deepa Mehta’s drama, “Anatomy of Violence,” based on the 2012 heinous gang rape of a young medical student in New Delhi, will also make its world debut at the prestigious festival in the “Masters” category. The film, part of the Canadian lineup, will mark Mehta’s return to the festival after her crime drama, “Beeba Boys,” saw its world premiere last year.

The Canadian contingent also includes Indo-Canadian photojournalist Dilip Mehta’s documentary “Mostly Sunny,” which tracks the life trajectory of adult actress-turned-Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone.

Prolific actor Anupam Kher, 61, will be seen playing an Indian American pediatric oncologist in “The Headhunter’s Calling,” which stars Gerard Butler, Alison Brie and William Dafoe. It is written by Bill Dubuque, who earlier penned the Oscar-nominated movie “The Judge” and “The Accountant.” In the film, a ruthless corporate headhunter (Gerard Butler) battles his rival for control of their job placement company, until a family tragedy brings his personal and professional lives into conflict.

The last time Kher, known for international films such as “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002), “Bride and Prejudice” (2004) and “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), attended the TIFF was in 2012 for the premiere of “Silver Linings Playbook,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman star in Garth Davis’ “Lion,” a true story of Saroo Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his parents in India at the age of five, and who then located his family using Google Earth 25 years later. Also seen in the film will be actorsNawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

With “A Death in the Gunj,” award-winning actor Konkona Sen Sharma makes her feature debut as a writer-director. This coming-of-age story about a shy young Indian student who quietly and fatefully unravels during a family road trip stars Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, Tillotama Shome, Jim Sarbh, Tanuja Mukherjee, Om Puri and Arya Sharma.

In Mira Nair’s “The Queen of Katwe,” a young girl from rural Uganda discovers a passion for chess, and sets out to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion. This film based on the life of Uganda’s chess champion, Phiona Mutesi, stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and David Oyelowo (“Selma”).

Set in 1981, Vikram Gandhi’s 104-minute-long film, “Barry,” follows a young Barack Obama during a “crucial year” in the life of the future American president. All the above films, which will be featured in TIFF’s “Special Presentations” category, will see their world premiere at the ten-day-long festival.

900 million Android smartphones affected by security flaw in Qualcomm processors: Report
Over 900 million Android devices are affected by ‘high-risk’Quadrooter flaw warns security company Check Point software technologies. Found in devices runningQualcomm processors, QuadRooter includes four vulnerabilities, any of which can be used by hackers to take control of any smartphone. “If exploited, QuadRooter vulnerabilities can give attackers complete control of devices and unrestricted access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them. Access could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio,” says Check Point in a blog post.

Hackers can trigger any of these four vulnerabilities using a malicious app. “Such an app would require no special permissions to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, alleviating any suspicion users may have when installing,” adds the post.

The blog notes that QuadRooter affects smartphone drivers which control communication between the various chipset components. Since the vulnerable drivers are pre-installed on devices at manufacturing level, it can only be fixed if the OEMs or carriers issue a software patch.

Check Point recommends users to download and install the latest Android updates as soon as they become available, avoid side-loading apk files, read app permission requests carefully while installing apps and more.

Some of the latest smartphones that are vulnerable to the QuadRooter are Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge , OnePlus 3, Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, LG G4, LG G5 , LG V10, OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3 and more.

Earlier this year (in May), it was found that several million Android smartphonesrunning on Qualcomm processors are exposed to a glitch that can be exploited by hackers to gain access to the device. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.

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