It was pretty fashionable and festive at TIFF which was held in Toronto about two weeks ago! Festival favourite Deepa Mehta (Midnight’s Children, Water) is one of Canada’s most singular cinematic visionaries — and her latest film is a bold addition to her body of work was one of the major highlights at TIFF!
Beeba Boys is a kinetic drama loosely based on the career of notorious crime lord “Bindy” Singh Johal and the Punjabi gangs of second and third-generation Indian immigrants operating on Canada’s West Coast in the 1990s.
Jeet Johar (Randeep Hooda) is a devoted family man and observant member of the Jat Sikh community. He is also a merciless gangster who fronts a pack of nattily dressed young toughs known as the Beeba Boys. Competing with other local Asian gangs for supremacy in the Vancouver drugs-and-arms-trafficking racket, Jeet leads his boys into battle to fight for their piece of this lucrative pie and for the respect they believe they deserve. Yet Jeet also finds time to mentor a volatile new gang member (Ali Momen) and seduce a beautiful woman (2011 TIFF Rising Star Sarah Allen) serving on the jury at the neophyte’s murder trial.
Mehta shows us all the dark allure of the gangs’ high-tension, male-centric world, one that beckons with the promise of glamour and fast money but demands a sacrifice all out of proportion to its rewards. Provocative and exciting — and boasting a very memorable cameo from Paul Gross, whose Hyena Road is also a Gala selection at this year’s Festival — Beeba Boysoffers a dynamic tale of violence, racism, discrimination, and marginalization, and at its core is a powerful story about family that is sure to resonate with any audience.
Ali Momen and Waris Ahluwalia
Sarah Allen and Gia Sandhu
The audience sure did enjoy the film and applauded at the end of the screening. Our very own Karn aka Doc Bollywood got to chat with the team and the actors about the film and working with the favorite of all Deepa Metha. Check out our interviews by Doc Bollywood!