The action film is the first Indian feature selected for the festival’s Midnight Madness section.
Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota receives standing ovation at Toronto Film Festival
Mumbai - 15 Sep 2018 16:18 IST
As the Toronto International Film Festival winds up on 16 September, the festival will surely end on a high for filmmaker Vasan Bala.
His feature film, Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota, had its world premiere and opened in the Midnight Madness section of the festival in front of an ecstatic crowd that gave it a standing ovation. Even before the screening, there was a long queue for the film of fans eager to watch the Hindi film.
Love that the line for @Vasan_Bala film The Man Who Feels No Pain/#MKDNH stretches two blocks and it's still an hour to go. #TIFF18 @TIFF_NET And I'm one of few South Asians in the line... pic.twitter.com/ZvcHcbYnre— Aparita (@aparita) September 15, 2018
The filmmaker was present with his two leads Abhimanyu Dassani and Radhika Madan. Dassani stars as a crime fighting vigilante who has a congenital insensitivity to pain. Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota also stars Mahesh Manjrekar and Gulshan Devaiah. Vasan previously worked with Devaiah in his unreleased first film Peddlers (2012).
The Midnight Madness section of the Canadian festival had selected 10 films to be screened every night at 11:59pm which were "guaranteed to either terrorize or mesmerize". It looks Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota has clearly mesmerized the Toronto audience.
The audience who attended the screening shared their reactions afterwards.
I'm so exhausted I could cry but before I collapse in bed I have to say - tonight's screening of THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN was the best @mmadnesstiff film I've seen this year, if not one of the best I've ever seen. I'm so glad I saw it with that crowd! #TIFF18 #MidnightMadness— Sandra B (@CinephileSandra) September 15, 2018
I’m just here at 3 am basking in the glow of having just watched THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN. Give me more Bollywood Martial Arts Flicks that name-drop GYMKATA. This is my jam #TIFF18— James T ðï¸âï¸ðï¸ð¹ (@JamesEditsFilms) September 15, 2018
The Man Who Feels No Pain: Who isn't going to like a movie about a kid who loves action movies & grows up to fight crime in stunningly choreographed action scenes along with fun Bollywood song/dance numbers? It got a standing o at the premiere. Seek this one out ASAP #TIFF18— sanjay rajput (@highlandertn) September 15, 2018
Thank you, @Vasan_Bala, for the absolutely brilliant 'Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota'! Can't compliment you enough for the writing, casting, sound design...even the subtitling was perfect! All your love for film came out on screen. Huge kudos and congratulations!— Rahul Chaturvedi (@fleetingfables) September 15, 2018
#quickiereview of The Man Who Feels No Pain: absolutely perfect Midnight Madness at TIFF film! It's an homage to basically everything and so much fun. Read it aptly described as Bollywood meets Stephen Chow. Yes!— badartmoviereviews (@badartmovierevs) September 15, 2018
Deadpool wishes it was as fun as #THEMANWHOFEELSNOPAIN. My favorite @mmadnesstiff film next to Halloween. Great action, big heart and so fucking funny! #TIFF18 can't wait for more Indian superhero films.— Rafael Motamayor @ TIFF (@GeekWithAnAfro) September 15, 2018
At the question and answer session after screening, moderated by film curator Peter Kuplowsky, the director was even asked about the prospect of a sequel. It seems like the leads Dassani and Madan really want to know as well.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota doesn't have an Indian release date yet.