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Diaspora Tamils React to Deepa Mehta's Film Adaptation of 'Funny Boy'
Canadian-Tamil author Shyam Selvadurai's beloved novel 'Funny Boy' was adapted into a film by Deepa Mehta and has been facing criticism from the community.
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Deepa Mehta’s “Funny Boy,” an adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s 1994 novel, is Canada’s official selection for Best International Feature Film for the 2021 Academy Awards. The film will begin streaming on Netflix starting Thursday, December 10.

"Funny Boy" was filmed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and centers on the “awakening of sexual identity by a young boy named Arjie. As political tensions escalate to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, a young boy comes of age in a society and family that doesn’t embrace difference outside of societal norms. The film chronicles Arjie’s struggle to find balance and self-love despite the absence of empathy and understanding.”

TC collected feedback from the Tamil community via our IG and this is what some people had to say!


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