Why representation in Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy has some in the Tamil community upset

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Story of young gay man growing up in Sri Lanka has too few Tamils in leading roles, some in Tamil diaspora say. When Academy Award nominee Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Funny Boy — the much-lauded story about a gay young man coming of age before and during the Sri Lankan civil war — was announced as Canada’s submission for the Oscar’s best international film category, it was cause for celebration. Now, only weeks after that announcement, some groups from the Tamil diaspora are calling for a boycott. “We were very excited about it and I was very excited about it,” said Canadian comedian and actor Sunthar Vykunthanathan. “And over the last couple of weeks, knowing how this has all gone down has been extremely disappointing.”

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