The best new films featuring top talent make their debut on DIFF screens.
Canada, 2015, 100 min., Color
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. Yet Jeet also finds time to mentor a volatile new gang member and seduce a beautiful woman 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.
— Toronto International Film Festival
David Hamilton, Whitney Brown, Michael Williams
Randeep Hooda, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Ali Kazmi
Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director, and producer Deepa Mehta was born in Amritsar, India, and studied philosophy at the University of New Delhi before immigrating to Canada. Her features include SAM AND ME (1991), FIRE (1996), EARTH (1998), BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD (2002), THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE (2003), WATER (2005), HEAVEN ON EARTH (2008), and MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (2012). BEEBA BOYS is her latest feature.
Screenings Co-presented by:
DFW South Asian Film Festival