Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy is Canada’s official entry for the Academy

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Trailer of Deeepa Mehta’s Funny boy is released. This film is set to release on Netflix and selected theatres. Funny boy is also Canada’s official entry for the 93rd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. It is an adaptation of author Shyam Selvadurai’s 1994 novel of the same name.

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What is it about?

The film is based on the best-selling 1994 coming-of-age novel by Canadian-Sri Lankan author Shyam Selvadurai that won the Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction. Mehta co-wrote the screenplay with Selvadurai. “Funny Boy” explores the sexual awakening of 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.

Who is Deepa Mehta?

A transnational filmmaker, Deepa Mehta is famous world-wide for her Elements trilogy- Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005). Earth was India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She further directed movies like Bollywood/Hollywood (2002), Heaven on Earth (2008) and Midnight’s Children (2012).

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Born in Amritsar, Punjab, Deepa Mehta was raised in New Delhi, after her father moved to the capital city, to work as a film distributor. For her schooling, she went to Welham Girls High School, Dehradun and completed her graduation in philosophy from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.

Post her graduation and before venturing into the world of silver screen, she made several short films and documentaries, leading her to get an insight into the kind of cinema she was to later helm.

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