Tooting Broadway Film set to be screened
7:00am Sunday 10th June 2012 in Wandsworth
A film about Tamil gangs in Tooting which is set to premiere this month has raised concerns about the negative impact it may have on the community.
Tooting Broadway has been produced by Tooting Broadway Films and is being screened as part of the London Indian Film Festival.
The film is set against the backdrop of Tamil protests outside the Houses of Parliament and focuses on a man hoping to stop his brother joining a gang.
Fred Ahmed, chair of the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA), said: "Obviously it is a question of whether it makes out much more of a problem in the area than it actually is.
"It might attract potential gangs from elsewhere in London to come here. We don't have Tamil gangs walking around here willy-nilly."
MP Sadiq Khan said he would not comment until after the film is screened, but last year said he was concerned the film could have a negative impact on the community.
But producer Joshua Clement, who moved to London from Chennai, hopes the film brings the UK Tamil community to the mainstream.
Familiar sights in the film include scenes outside Tooting Broadway station and a bicycle chase through Tooting Broadway Market.
It stars up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Henstridge and Nav Sidhu, as well as music from Mitcham singer MIA.
Tooting Broadway is being screened at Cineworld, Haymarket, on June 22 and in Cineworld Southside Shopping Centre, Garratt Lane, on June 26.
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