When the 3-film old, young and rising star Parineeti Chopra landed at the Toronto International Film Festival to present her latest film 'Shuddh Desi Romance' on Wednesday September 9th, along with Director Maneesh Sharma and Screenwriter Jaideep Sahni, none of them were quite prepared for the kind of warm reception they received from the fans in Canada.
It would have been a treat for the delighted crowd to see Parineeti's co-stars - lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput but a family emergency kept him from attending whilst an ongoing film shoot required debutant actress Vaani Kapoor stay back in India too.
The trio had a hectic though eventful day to say the least, with the official TIFF photo call kicking off the proceedings early morning, press conferences, press junkets, more photoshoots, the day ended with a bang when the three walked the red carpet for the Canadian premiere of 'Shuddh Desi Romance' at the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall, to loyal fans who waited to catch a glimpse of the Desi team, despite the unexpected rainfall.
Maneesh Sharma, Jaideep Sahni and Parineeti Chopra reciprocated the love by coming back from the press interviews for round 2 of screams, autographs and photographs with the fans.
Speaking to a sold out crowd of almost 2000 strong Indian and mainstream audiences, Cameron Baily (Creative Director- TIFF), expressed his on-going support to Indian cinema and applauded YRF for their continued support of TIFF with innovative cinema that push boundaries. 'Shuddh Desi Romance' also released in Canada yesterday (Friday 13th September) and has already received a rave response from movie goers and critics since its release in India.