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Oscars: Canada Selects 'Funny Boy' for International Feature Category​

​Deepa Mehta's Sri Lanka-set drama is set to bow on Netflix in December.

"Canada has picked Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, an adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s coming-of-age novel of the same name, to represent the country in the 2021 Oscar race in the international feature category."

The Hollywood Reporter

Nimmi plays the female lead in Oscar nominated Director Deepa Mehta’s latest feature film "Funny Boy". Set in Sri Lanka, the film is an adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s coming-of-age novel of the same name. The film has been picked up by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing and will debut on Netflix in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia on Dec. 10. A theatrical release in Canada and the U.S. is planned but will be contingent on the COVID-19 situation.

"The film delivers powerhouse performances by a cast including (Brandon) Ingram, Nimmi Harasgama, Ali Kazmi, Agam Darshi, Seema Biswas, Rehan Mudannayake and Shivantha Wijesinha. It is produced by Mehta’s long-time creative partner David Hamilton, with a score from three-time Oscar winner Howard Shore. Teresa Font served as editor and Douglas Koch is the cinematographer."


Sky TV (UK) commissioned a rehearsed reading of Episode 1 of ‘Brown Girl Panic’ a TV series that Nimmi created & wrote. It has been optioned by Dan Sefton’s (writer & creator of The Good Karma Hospital, Delicious, Trust Me, etc.) production company Seven Seas.


Brûlée & Auntie Netta, characters Nimmi created, have become an Instagram & YouTube 'stars' with tens of thousands of views and follows. One clip has garnered over 300,000 views.