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Deepa Mehta’s film rapped by Canadian police for glamourising gangsters’ lifestyle

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Toronto: The Canadian police have criticised the glamourisation of local gang-lifestyle in Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s new movie ‘Beeba Boys’, a media report said.

Sergeant Lindsey Houghton from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia and Abbotsford Police spokesperson constable Ian MacDonald were invited to a special screening of the movie in Vancouver recently.

After watching the movie, their reaction was that it gives a wrong impression about the realities of the gang-lifestyle in the region and were worried about the negative effect it could have on Indo-Canadian youth, Voice Online reported on Friday.

“It is not all money and cars and drugs all the time and going out and partying. It is paranoia, it is fear, it is constantly looking over your shoulder for your friends, your enemies, for the police,” Houghton was quoted as saying.

Houghton said that his concern is about the over-glorification of the gang lifestyle.

“My concern is that the South Asian community has worked unbelievably hard over the last decade and been so proactive to try and fight these stereotypes and we have worked very hard along with them to try and help them with that and vice versa. And my concern is that a movie like this will set those efforts back,” he added.

According to Houghton, perhaps Mehta did not want to have an accurate portrayal as a movie maker because “sometimes telling the truth or showing the truth might not sell.”

Houghton also decried the use of the kirpan (a short sword or knife worn by religious Sikhs) in one of the scenes to cut a guy’s throat.

MacDonald, however, said the movie was watchable and was properly edited.

“The issues that I have are with the content and regrettably I was struggling to find any positive South Asian characters in the movie. I thought there were a lot of potentials for the film that just were not realised.”

“[The movie] is not a very accurate portrayal of what it is to be a gangster. They missed a lot of the loneliness, the inherent boredom and fear, and the fact that many times and in almost every environment (the gangsters) are basically social pariahs,” MacDonald pointed out.

Houghton and MacDonald have provided a wealth of expert analysis on gangs over the past years.

The movie will be released across Canada on October 16.

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Films are bigger than other mediums is an illusion: Rannvijay

Rannvijay, who started out his journey as the winner of MTV "Roadies" and has since worked in a plethora of shows, has featured in many films

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Rannvijay doesn't give films that much importance. IANS

Rannvijay, who started out his journey as the winner of MTV “Roadies” and has since worked in a plethora of shows, has featured in films like “Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene”, “Mod”, “Action Replayy” and “London Dreams”.

Asked why is he not doing films that much, Rannvijay told IANS here: “There is a big thing that people say that ‘A film has come’. It takes an entire year to work in a film, then promote it and then it releases… But when I work (on TV) for six months, it shows for the next two years. It is just an illusion that films are big than other (mediums).”

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Rannvijay started out in MTV Roadies. Wikimedia common

For him, films aren’t necessarily priority. “If I have a hit show on the Internet or TV, then it is bigger than some films… Till the time there is no fun in a film or if I am not getting an interesting character or if it coming in the way of my other things, films won’t get a priority just because it’s a film that is only in our heads,” he added.

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Rannvijay said he is doing good till the time he is balancing his work right.  “I am doing a small film this year. I did Punjabi films and I just finished a web series… So, acting can happen in a one-minute Instagram thing, web-series, TV and films. Till the time I can do all of it in the right balance, I am good,” he said. On the work front, Rannvijay is currently seen on the 15th season of the youth based reality show “Roadies Xtreme” on MTV. He was here to shoot a task for it. IANS

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