Amal is a movie that was originally screened during the Toronto International Film Festival. In fact, it was the Winner of Toronto International Film Festival Group and totes the title of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2007.
The main actor Rupinder Nagra is a personal friend of one of the guys I work with. It also boasts the talent of Roshan Seth (Nehru from Gandhi) and Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).
For those of you in the GTA, it opens this Friday, August 8th, at Varsity Theater on Bloor St. and in more cinemas Aug 22nd. My sister also wishes to it so we are planning to go see it when she comes on holiday later this month.
Below is a synopsis of the movie as it appears on the site:
SOMETIMES THE POOREST OF MEN ARE THE RICHEST
Amal, a multi-layered portrait of contemporary India, follows an auto-rickshaw driver in New Delhi. Amal, who is content with his small, but vital role in city-life.
One day he drives an eccentric billionaire, G.K. Jayaram who, disguised as a vagabond, is searching the streets for the last morsel of humanity, and someone to will his fortune to. After their fatefule meeting, both of their lives are changed forever.
Filmed on location in New Delhi, India, this modern day fable questions the meaning of wealth, and ultimately reveals that sometimes the poorest of men can be the richest.