Trouble for ‘Mafia’ for using pics of serial killer victims


Director Karthik Naren’s ‘Mafia’ starring Arun Vijay, Prasanna and Priya Bhavani Shankar has come under criticism for using photos of five of the eight men who were murdered by Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur.

The movie features a scene which was meant to indicate the background of the characters who have connections with a drug kingpin.It has the criminal photos pinned to police investigation board.

A report quoted the relatives of one of the victims as saying: “Why are these people putting (the families) through hell again? It’s completely disrespectful.”

“How irresponsible is it of someone in the Tamil community, putting out a Tamil movie, that highlighted these two individuals, plus three other people, who died in such a tragic way?”

Following this, the film, which was available to stream on OTT platform in Canada, has been taken down. “We were concerned to learn that the movie uses pictures of the victims of the Toronto serial homicides and immediately took action,” OTT paltform said.

Last year, Bruce McArthur, a landscaper in Toronto, was charged with first-degree murders. He killed his victims between 2010 and 2017. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.


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