Women shine in India's TIFF line-up

Four new Indian titles - three of them world premieres - will be showcased in the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF '19), which gets underway on Thursday.

At one end of the spectrum is Shonali Bose's Priyanka Chopra starrer "The Sky is Pink", based on a true story about a couple whose 25-year relationship is seen from the perspective of their recently-deceased teenage daughter.

At the other is Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam drama "Jallikattu", a propulsive tale of a butcher's buffalo that escapes ahead of its scheduled slaughter and sparks a frenzy in a Kerala small town.

"The Sky is Pink" is inspired by the story of Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with severe immune-deficiency and had to battle through every day of her life for survival. But even as she counted her days, she lived life to the lees, becoming a motivational speaker and writing a book that was published a day before her death.

"The Sky is Pink", also starring Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim, is due for release on October 11.

The film will premiere in a Gala screening in downtown Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall on September 13.