Director: Devanand Shanmugam Starring: Elizabeth Henstridge, Nav Sidhu, Oliver Cotton, Kabelan Verlkumar. Run time: 95 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18 Language: English | Year: | Country: UK
A racy urban crime drama set in 2009 whose South London location lends a gritty feel to a fast paced story. 24 hours before the Tamil protests outside the Houses of Parliament, Arun (Sidhu) returns home to stop his younger brother Ruthi (Verlkumar) from participating in a criminal act that could ruin his life. Arun is granted a day by his mysterious employer, Marcus (Cotton) to talk Ruthi round. Once back he meets an old flame, Kate (Henstridge) who is struggling with a big decision herself while Arun’s friendship with a gang leader threatens to suck him back into a world he left behind. The political tension provides the backdrop for Arun’s need to forge a life away from his past versus his obligation to his family, friends and his Tamil roots. Tooting Broadway portrays a community and a rarely seen subculture – Sri Lankan Tamil gangs – and brilliantly deploys the themes of family, loyalty and honour.