In comparison to Hollywood’s box office-dominations, Bollywood movies often come across on a low budget scale, churned out in little time with storylines being very similar, uncomplicated and predictable. Beeba Boys was being shown at the 2015 London Film Festival, so I thought I would give it a chance. I felt it was being sold to me almost as a very English Bollywood movie that is breaking into the Hollywood scene. Initially Beeba Boys did look promising, but as the movie progressed the storyline became very repetitive and basic with the acting becoming rather clumsy.
As the movie was shown at London Film Festival, it was introduced to us by someone involved in the movie, on this occasion it was Gulshan Grover, an actor with almost 400 acting credits under his belt. Gulshan told us that the reason he wanted to be involved in this movie was because of the director, Deepa Mehta. I can sort of see why, although Deepa’s filmography isn’t incredibly vast, what she has had a hand in creating has earned awards at various international film festivals and has been successful in the Bollywood industry.
This movie is an energetic gangster movie where the leader of a gang calling themselves the ’Beeba Boys’ in Vancouver, Jeet Johar (Randeep Hooda), attempts to take on another, more experienced gang leader, Robbie Grewal (Gulshan Grover), and his gang. What results is a deluge of violence, back-stabbing and destruction from all parties involved.
Unfortunately, the previously mentioned concerns about this movie rang true. The storyline was very repetitive: This person killed this person because that person killed the other person –it was that over and over and over again. Despite the efforts to try and have me feel attached to the characters and to feel a loss when a key character is killed, I didn’t feel too bothered about it. Because the killings were so common and so frequent throughout it got a bit boring for me. I also found the manner of speech in the movie to be very lazy, using an excessive amount of expletives for no reason what so ever. As a result, the script was very weak.
Thinking about it, the story it’s self was probably not worthy of a 103 minute movie. There were probably three main points throughout the story with the rest of the time in the movie just being filler: Swearing and shooting people. I did say that the acting was clumsy and generally, I would say it is, but some of the acting did show promise, particularly by Ali Momen who played a key character in the movie. We saw Ali’s character, Nep, embed himself quite well into his position, which did result in the character appearing to be the supporting structure of the movie at points.
Despite all my negative points about the movie, I do have to highlight a positive, which are the costumes. The brightly coloured suits that the Beeba Boys gang wore were incredible and really thrusted a Bollywood style throughout this film. It doesn’t save the movie from its tragic story, but was nice to see.
Beeba Boys closes with a statement about the gang related deaths in British Colombia, something along the lines of: “You may not believe it but”, then gives a statistic about the gang related deaths. The way this was written does give a tone that makes me think the movie is not believable in the first place, with a statement having to re-assure viewers. All in all, I am disappointed to say that this is not a well-executed movie at all.