Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

Brampton Filmmaker Vinay Virmani Celebrated with Arts Walk of Fame Induction and Screening of “Breakaway”

Vinay Virmani, a filmmaker from Brampton, was honored with an induction into the city’s Arts Walk of Fame, celebrated with a special screening of his beloved sports comedy, “Breakaway.” The event took place at SilverCity Brampton Cinema on the evening of April 17, coinciding with National Canadian Film Day.

“Breakaway,” a film that holds a special place in Virmani’s heart as his first and favorite project, continues to resonate with audiences, screening annually at approximately 100 Canadian schools. The film explores the life of a young Sikh Punjabi man caught between his family’s traditional expectations and his own aspirations in hockey, delivering a universal message about pursuing personal dreams and staying true to oneself.

The induction ceremony featured a Q&A session with the film’s cast and crew, providing insights into the filmmaking process and discussing the broader themes of community empowerment and cultural inclusivity in cinema.

Virmani expressed his gratitude for the recognition, emphasizing the significance of being honored by his hometown. He reflected on his journey in the film industry and his commitment to storytelling that bridges cultural divides through his company, First Take Entertainment.

The event highlighted not only Virmani’s contributions but also celebrated the legacy of previous inductees, including The Carlton Showband, a Brampton-based group recognized last month for their influence on the Irish music scene in Toronto.

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