Yonge Street was shut down from Dundas to Queen West to make way for dancers, drummers and an adult Asian elephant, who all made their way to the Elgin Theatre amid banging Bollywood music and colourful lights. Right behind the pachyderm was the cast for Breakaway, who arrived in rickshaws and waved to the screaming fans.
Brampton-bred newcomer Vinay Virmani couldn’t stop smiling at the fact his movie is receiving the loudest fanfare at TIFF. Drake, who makes a cameo in the movie, also rolled up in a rickshaw (sporting Raybans) alongside The Grid’s cover boy Russell Peters. Just when you think the ridiculous factor couldn’t be upped a notch, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar (he provided a song in the film’s soundtrack) rode in on a horse and then jumped on a stage set up right across the fan pit to lip-synch a number—someone in the sound crew is probably going to get reprimanded for the audio trouble.
You can see glimpses of Drake at 4:46-5:48 and 8:27-10:31