Excerpts from the interview:
Q: Why does ice hockey form the backdrop of "Break
A: Toronto-born Vinay Virmani, who plays the lead role, also
wrote the script for the film. Since he has played ice hockey
all his life, he has woven this sport into the script nicely.
I liked it very much as did everybody else. So we decided to
turn the story into a movie.
Remember that field hockey is very popular among Punjabis or
Sikhs back home in India, and I am told they equally love ice
hockey when they come here. So I thought they will find the
same kind of excitement and fun in ice hockey in my film. I
am also told that the CBC (news website) offers running commentary
in Punjabi on this sport.
And you will be surprised that ice hockey is even coming to
India as four ice rinks are being installed to promote this
sport in the country. So taking these factors into consideration,
I thought it was the right time to bring the concept of ice
hockey into our films. I have always loved sports, and most
of my films centre around sports.
Q: Tell us about the plot of the film.
A: It is a cross-cultural comedy. It is about struggles faced
by south Asian immigrants to keep their family values intact.
It is about people who come all the way from India, Sri Lanka
or Pakistan to settle here and then struggle to retain their
The story revolves around a Sikh immigrant family - how they
cope with cultural conflicts and adapt ice hockey to their new
life here. Unlike other cross-cultural films, it will be quite
unique and you will have to wait to see it.
It deals with cross-cultural conflicts, but very light-heartedly.
It is more of a comedy about cultural issues.
Q: Will the film resonate with mainstream audiences?
A: "Break Away" will resonate with not only South
Asian audiences, but also the mainstream because Canada is the
biggest multi-cultural country in the world today. All immigrants
go through the same struggles and conflicts when they come here.
Our film is as much about South Asian audiences as the mainstream.
Q: Where are you shooting it?
A: All of our shooting will be done in Toronto. Vinay - the
lead actor and scriptwriter - has played all his ice hockey
in this city. So the action will begin here in a few weeks.
I am sure that Toronto would not have seen anything like this
Q: When will it be competed and released?
A: "Break Away" will be about one-hour-and-fifty-minute
long. Hopefully, we will complete it soon and it will be released
next year in Canada, India and elsewhere.
Q: Will it be dubbed into other languages?
A: It is more of an English film, and Punjabi (dialogue) comes
whenever it is required. So basically, it is an English-Punjabi
film and we have not thought about its wholesale dubbing into