Saturday, January 20, 2007
Toronto in Mumbai
the premier of ontario,dalton mcguinty,is in india on a business visit and is also leading a 70 member strong business delegation. i attended a gala reception at the ncpa lawn on thursday night in his honour. david malone the high commissioner to india was the host. in cooperation with the toronto international film festival, a film called "away from her" was screened at the jamshed bhabha theatre. bollywood actor rahul bose was the master of the ceremony. in continuation, yesterday i saw "saint ralph".on the concluding day i.e. today two more films are being shown."la neuvaine" and "a simple curve". i shall post brief reviews of some of these movies soon.
the canadian leaders stressed how ontario is now a state having a muticultural society and that toronto alone has a population of half a million indians.mcguinty mentioned that the premiere of the "guru" at toronto indicated the tremendous interest that bollywood generated in toronto and that india and bollywood occupy an important place in their country.he said that toronto is canada's business engine and financial capital.and that the toronto film festival is the world's largest public film festival.he hoped that such interactions will futher improve bilateral relations and strengthen the bond between canada and india.he was very hopeful that just as india could gain from canada's expertise in modern technology,canada could also benefit from india software strengths. he gave an example of how 'blackberry', a product of canada , has revolutionised communications by turning imagination into innovation.there are about seven million users of 'blackberry' throughout the world he said. rahul bose did a competent job and introduced the visitors to all of us.
it was an enjoyable evening with plenty of wine and delicious snacks. we were presented with a cd containing songs of loreena mckennitt.