Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated (Water), transnational filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favourites. She is best known for her Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water. Other films include, Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel. Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless…provocative. Mehta is both a rebel and a humanist, and that spirit saturates her newest work, Beeba Boys, a tough, stylish gangster film.
For the past 18 years David has produced Deepa’s celebrated, influential, and popular films, including the Oscar nominated (2006) Water; the two previous films in her Elemental trilogy: Fire and Earth; and the comedy Bollywood/Hollywood. In 2013 he produced Midnight’s Children - Deepa’s epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s(three time) Booker Prize-winning novel. David has run numerous business ventures, produced documentaries and concerts, and served on arts boards. He is a truly independent producer and has successfully sold their movies around the world – to over 40 countries.
Jeet Johar (The Boss, Beeba Boys)
Randeep is a Bollywood celebrity powerhouse. He starred in last year’s second highest grossing Indian movie, Kick and won awards for his role in the box office winner and critic’s favourite, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. He is a member of a theatre company founded by the legendary Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, whom Randeep calls his “mentor”. Randeep is a competitive athlete, especially polo and show jumping. Beeba Boys is his first major North American film and he did extensive personal research for his role as the charismatic and conflicted gang leader.
Nep (Gang Member, in Beeba Boys and Grewal’s Gang)
Ali is a very respected Toronto theatre and film actor. After three seasons at The Shaw Festival he appeared in Tarragon Theatre’s provocative hit, the Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. He was brilliantly comic in the eccentric Canadian cult movie The Animal Project, directed by Ingrid Veninger. For his role in Beeba Boys (small spoiler alert) playing on both sides in two rival Indo Canadian gangs, Ali immersed himself in Sikh culture and religion. He has kept the bonds of the Beeba Boys’ friendship going strong ever since shooting stopped; he maintains the actors’ private WhatsApp group.
Katya Drobot (Jeet's girlfriend)
Sarah is quickly becoming one of Canada’s most successful performers. She was the only actor included in Playback’s “Five to Watch” 2014 list, and was named one of “Canada’s Rising Stars” at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Sarah was in Bruce McDonald’s movie The Husband, has recurring roles in the TV series Remedy and 19-2, and is very well known (and often recognized) for playing the vampire Rebecca Flynt in the hit SyFy series Being Human.