In July we announced that Carolyn will be attending and covering the Toronto International Film Festival on behalf of SHWHPod, as part of our coverage for TIFF we will be posting interviews with various individuals involved with the film industry and festival. In this episode of “Carolyn Talks…” TIFF18 episode, Carolyn interviews Writer and Director Vasan Bala for his film The Man Who Feels No Pain.
Diagnosed with a rare condition that prevents Surya (Dassani) from feeling physical pain, he grows up believing he’s a superhero. Determined to meet his hero, Karate Man, Surya with the help of his best friend Supri (Radhika Madan), Surya goes on a wild, action-packed quest of fighting 100 men. Filled with references to old-school Asian martial arts films, The Man Who Feels No Pain is a hilarious, thrill ride that pays homage to classics like Drunken Master, Enter The Dragon and Face Off.
Vasan Bala, an Indian Screen Writer, and filmmaker. His debut film Peddlers (2012) was screened at the 51st Semaine de la Critique and also played at TIFF’12. He has worked as a screenwriter on Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet and Raman Raghav 2.0. He is also an award-winning Advertising Filmmaker and The Man Who Feels No Pain is his second feature film.
All images courtesy of TIFF. TIFF 2018 runs from September 6 – 16, for more festival announcements and to purchase tickets, visit TIFF.net. You can email us at SHWHPod@gmail.com, and follow the ladies on social media at @CarrieCnh12, @La_Ney_Sha, and the podcast’s official Twitter account @SHWH_Pod but be warned, we tweet a lot.
Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.