The Canadian film Beeba Boys, about the Indo-Canadian gang wars in Vancouver, has garnered three Canadian Screen Award nominations.
The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in Toronto and offered nods to numerous Canadian-led projects across film, television, and digital media. Two of the stars of Beeba Boys, Balinder Johal and Waris Ahluwalia, were nominated for their roles as supporting actress and actor, along with the film’s costume designer, Joanne Hansen.
Beeba Boys is about gang-leader Jeet Johar’s rise to celebrity status, and the men who make up his inner circle called ‘beeba boys’ – ‘beeba’ meaning ‘good’. The story follows the gang as they attempt to establish themselves as a strong force on their turf and must fight against an older crime lord to do so. Meanwhile, Jeet’s home life includes him being a single father and a devoted child of his aging mother.
Vancouver’s Balinder Johal is nominated for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Mummyji, Jeet’s mother, and Waris Ahluwalia is nominated for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as Manny the Joker.
The Canadian Screen Awards will air on Sunday, March 12 at 8 p.m. on CBC.