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Beeba Boys

Directed by Deepa Mehta
Canada, 2015 (fiction, 103 minutes, colour, English / Punjabi)
Beeba Boys
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Film Description:
"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 ([...] Sarah Allen) serving on the jury at the neophyte's murder trial. [Deepa] 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 [...] Beeba Boys offers 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."
-- Toronto International Film Festival (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Deepa Mehta
Produced by: David Hamilton, Hussain Amarshi, Anthony Hixon
Principal Cast: Randeep Hooda, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Gulshan Grover, Balinder Johal, Gia Sandhu, Ali Kazmi, Steve Dhillon, Jag Bal, Gabe Grey, Dileep Rao, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Monika Deol, Paul Gross
Cinematography: Karim Hussain
Film Editing: Colin Monie
Music: Biggi Hilmars, Manjeet Ral & Kader Kesek (AsianOrange), Mychael Danna, Sunny Brown, DJ Baba Kahn
Production Company: Hamilton-Mehta Productions

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"On some level I felt that these characters [in Beeba Boys] are from a comic book. That's the life they lead. They might not be aware of it, but it's so of the moment. It's about style, it's about money, it's about respect and then they're dead. So everything becomes an exaggeration. That was what fascinated me."
-- Deepa Mehta (source)

"Thematically, Beeba Boys shares the concerns of all my other films—gender, identity, immigration. It's the story, Indian gangsters in the West—in this case Vancouver—that is different."
-- Deepa Mehta (source)

Quotes about Beeba Boys

"Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys deserves recognition for being the first hyperviolent, Tarantino-inspired comedy to take place entirely within the Canadian Sikh criminal underworld. But as intriguing as it is to see the respected arthouse auteur cut loose with this deliriously unserious, highly stylized gangland blowout, the tone never quite gels, leaving the film an eye-catching but weightless mishmash of hit-and-miss one-liners and bloody yet non-visceral firefights."
-- Andrew Barker (source)

"[In Beeba Boys, Deepa] Mehta pulls off a few cinematic flourishes—stylish surfaces, some great Bhangra club music, Paul Gross sporting the world's worst man-bun—but she is fatally unsure of her tone. Torn between condemning the characters' brutality and extolling their Punjabi cultural pride, her storyline remains confused and tentative."
-- Alison Gillmor (source)

"Alternately horrifying and humorous, Beeba Boys is more a sequence of vignettes rather than a single dramatic tale. It's a TV series waiting to happen. But it is rich in characters, including Waris Ahluwalia's joke-telling Manny, Ali Momen's manoeuvering Nep, Sarah Allen's lovestruck Katya and Paul Gross's sinister Jamie."
-- Peter Howell (source)

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