JERSEY BOY is a coming-of-age drama about Karandeep, a Sikh boy struggling with his identity in the aftermath of 9/11. Told over three stages of Karandeep’s life, the film explores the space between identity and inclusion, as he navigates his family relationships, the woman he loves, and his place in a rapidly changing America.
Written and directed by Sikh-Canadian filmmaker Jaskaran Singh, the film is the first of its kind centering on the Sikh American experience, featuring a majority Sikh cast and Sikh creatives at the helm.
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Producers include Pulkit Datta for US-based Tyger Tyger Productions, and Virinderpaul Singh for Canada-based Versatile Pictures. The film was shot on location in Ontario, Canada, primarily in the cities of Hamilton, Mississauga, and Sarnia.
“Jersey Boy is a window into figuring out my own insecurities growing up Sikh in America,” says director Jaskaran Singh. “It's something that's never been explored on screen before, and I want other Sikhs to see their experiences represented across generations and for everyone else to see that this, too, is an American story.”
The primary cast of JERSEY BOY features Praneet Akilla (CBC/Paramount Plus’s SkyMed, CW’s Nancy Drew, Netflix’s October Faction), Sara Garcia (Hallmark’s Ride, CW’s The Flash, CW’s Reign), Surjun Lail, Rayaan Singh Sahni, and Grace Grewal (CW’s Superman and Lois). It also includes Noor Dhanda, Amit Aujila, Gavan Anand, Jon McLaren, Jordan Singh Sahni, and Xavier Sotelo.
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Filmmaking can be an expensive endeavor. These donations from Dasvandh will directly aid in our many production needs, such as: taking care of travel, food, and accomodations for to our cast and crew; filing permits and fees for our locations; as well as any ancilliary costs that come along the way.
We can't thank you all enough for opening up your wallets and hearts to encourage us to create this historical project. It is truly independent in every sense of the word. It is not backed by anyone but us and the Sikh community. We carry the weight of representing our people in the most authentic way possible. Parts of this are Jaskaran's lived experiences, and the rest have resonated within the culture for decades, if not generations. It represents what we wanted to say about being othered, and that no matter how much progressive times become, communities that look like us, will face racism. Yet, despite that, we always find a way to thrive and carry on because of where we derive our strength from.