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Paradesi (U)

  • Starring :
    Atharvaa, Vedika, Dhansikaa
  • Language : Tamil Genre : Drama
  • Synopsis :

    Set in India during the British rule, the movie narrates the tale of Rasa (Atharvaa) and his fellow villagers, who are tricked into taking up jobs in a tea plantation and pushed into sl more...

  • Director :
    Bala
  • Music Director :
    G. V. Prakash Kumar
  • Duration: 2 hrs & 6 mins

Synopsis

Set in India during the British rule, the movie narrates the tale of Rasa (Atharvaa) and his fellow villagers, who are tricked into taking up jobs in a tea plantation and pushed into slavery.

Critic's Review

Paradesi has been adapted from Eriyum Panikadu, the Tamil translation of the English novel Red Tea (1969) by Dr Paul Harris Daniel. The novel was based on the people he met during his work as a doctor in tea plantations in the Western Ghats. Though almost half a century has passed since the publication of the book, it is still very relevant as there has been little improvement in the lives of these workers. This is reflected in the news reports of violence and agitations, the latest being the killing of an estate owner and his wife in Assam in December last.

Bala works to his own sensibilities, treading a path never before taken in the Tamil film industry. All his earlier films have been about people living at the margins of society, and it is no surprise therefore that this story attracted him. The film starts off by showing us the tough but happy lives of the people in Salur village in the then Madras presidency trying to eke out a living in a barren land. In a momentary lapse of weakness, the gullible villagers fall prey to false promises of easy work and good wages, and end up becoming bonded labourers in a tea plantation, where their women get raped and they face a bleak future.

He extracts credible performances from the actors who play plantation workers and from the lead actors Atharvaa, Vedika and Dhansikaa. After doing roles that only required her to look pretty, Vedika gets a chance to show off her acting skills. Dhansikaa is as good as ever. Dance master Shiv Shankar does a quirky cameo as the proselytizing doctor who tries to convert the tortured and dying workers into Christianity.

Atharvaa finally gets a role that challenges his potential, and he comes up trumps. It is amazing how he has transformed himself after playing city-centric roles in his earlier two films. His performance is sure to put him in contention for the national award for best actor, as the movie will for Bala as best director.

G V Prakash Kumar's background score is haunting as are his songs in the movie. It was a master stroke to have got Gangei Amaren to sing Senner Thaana.... But it is Madhu Balakrishnan who seems to be enjoying a dream run with Sengaade..., which is as good if not better than his rendition of Pitchai Paathiram... in Naan Kadavul.

Chezhiyan does a terrific work behind the camera. If the opening shots aptly portray the carefree lives led by villagers, the wide angle shots of their migration show the barren land and hopefully stark lives that they are leaving behind. But what stays with you is the climax - the camera positioned high above the actors, almost as if their suffering is something that is being meted out by the heavens. Art director C S Balachander and costume designer Poornima faithfully recreate the pre-independence era, while editor Kishore T E ensures a crisp and satisfying watch. But what shines through all this is the vision of Bala.

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  • Rating 55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Perfect

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Though I enjoyed the movie at the core but Christianity is put in bad light as if people were converted by throwing of bread. This is very sensitive to people like me who is appreciative of Christian missionaries' commitment, charity, and love.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Paradesi had many typical Bala touches. One thing that stands out is that we can still relate to this movie. People are still going to middle east and Gulf countries hoping for a better future. But when they come here they realize the conditions that they have gotten themselves into. The movie, though set way before our times still draws parallels with this day and age. truly a good effort!

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

no words to explain ... Music, story,performance. location, everthing is outstanding

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

My friend you are living in a fools paradise where ignorance is bliss. Please read up on how Christian priests and missionaries are converting african people today. This was the same way that many Indians were converted.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

I don't know what to comment on this movie it's good its depressing

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

Worthy movie with a good message and every character carved in a fantastic and realistic manner. Only thing in some places (story along the village before Tea estate location) some scenes are made to move slow to meter the film, say for example the hero being teased by the Heroine in a Marriage function.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

very good movie

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Hats off to Bala. This is what Cinema has to do for the society. Bring the reality on the screen. Not bloody sexy dances and their stupid attitude around. Adharva... deserves the national best actor award and Bala the best director award and many more the film. But missed out but one. I don't know what the hell went wrong in. But viewers will reward.. certainly...the whole team will be rewarded...specially Bala the caption of the ship..Kudooos to all...

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

excellent one

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

awesome movie

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Good movie

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Awesome movie. got a good re watch value. got goosebumps after a long time for watching a movie. Bala sir had made this superb art crystal clear.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

QUITE A GOOD MOVIE REFLECTING THE LIFE IN TEA GARDEN STREAMING FROM PAST TO PRESENT ! NICE ACT & DIRECTION !

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Hats off to Director Bala, superb story, screenplay, acting and above all direction. Mind-wobbling movie, I watched few days ago but still feel it.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Great direction, screen play and music

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

plz realese this movie in Mumbai.... if already released then anyone tell me where is it released....

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Nice one

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Greatmovie.national award is sure for best actor

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Every Citizen must watch this movie rather than smoking and having TEA for TIME PASS.... No words to discribe the performance and screenplay ... Drawback : Missing Illayaraja, Final Song could be removed ..

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Great movie

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Nice

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

ITS HIGHER THAN THE EXPECTATION It is a fantastic movie by balasir the scenes in 1939 are beautiful. Atharvaa have performed so well in this movie.All the characters in this movie are touching our heart. vedica had the chance to show her talent.she had performed well.The scenes of tea estate workers and their worries &how they are torchored are shown fantastic. The screen play of this film is beautiful.The camera work have also done well.dhansika have done good.climax is faniastic

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

nice

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than a year ago

Good story and acting.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

watchable...

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

usual bala sir movie with lots of tears in eyes.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

excellent movie ...

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than a year ago

Enda paradesippaya Inda moviya panninaano avana pudichchu norukkanum. Sick, and pathetic documentary cannot be called a movie by any means. It is so gross, how come censor gave a U rating for this. Such a saddist movie.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Very good movie and also all performances nice. screenplay,script has been very good.............. Must watch movie.. Hats off to Bala

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Reallly awesme actng !!!semmmma

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

Trend setter.Must see for the love of it.!!

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Very good movie.Inspired by a novel though.screenplay,script has been very good.atharva has to be aplauded for his performance.must watch movie.none of the indian films has shown slavery to this extent i believe. Hats off to Bala

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Superb movie.. Everyone has to watch this movie I have n't cried so by watching the Movies, But i did cry after watching this movies... Really hatsoff to Bala...

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

PARADESI movie review by me. Paradesi movie is about lost paradise.(Just juggle the words paradise,paradesi will come,actually the story is about people who leave their place on lookout for better future (paradesi looking out for paradise) but here as how the words can be juggled their life was juggled to Hell. Just now seen "Paradesi" movie,I got involved in the movie so much,the tears came when exactly the climax came even though I don't know it is Climax,that is Direction at its best,kudos Bala. Cons:The movie reminded me of Apocalypto at some scenes but it is the story about "paradesi's" who were same and who were cheated and tortured like this. Pros:Whenever we go to tourist places in TamilNadu and Kerala border we just take picture of Tea estate and Tea plantation but this movie rather picturises their History,sufferings,life in ancient India. I never seen a Indian movie hero living in a Hut in a movie or be it shots shooted inside a Hut or treated like beggar in the Indian movies of this past decade. Verdict:If you love drinking a cup of tea,please see the movie and feel the aromo of this movie,which extracts not tea from tea leaves but Blood from this leaves. This movies is adapted from the novel named "Red Tea" by Paul Harris Daniel ,which I believed and the people who watched this movie or those who have read the novel will believe as aptly named. Director:Bala

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Brilliant movie. should watch.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

If its a hard hitting movie, its credits always goes to Bala. What a movie. . !! Most of the scenes were more realistic, for instance where sugar mouthed people, luring innocent poor people for a new place, promising them for a better future, cheating them on wrong account even after they have done their works. The climax was another highlight, just stabbing the audiance through their heart. After coming out of the theatre, every single person were in glum face, a small pinch would have been enough to make them scream to cry. Good story, great direction and mindblowing performance.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Wonder why the rating is 4.5 when it should be a bang on 5 !!! Awesome movie. Hats off to Bala and his team for recreating something so splendid. I hope this movie gets all the accolades and awards that it truly deserves. I would really think twice before having a sip of tea !!!

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

Nice creativity for the script and good presentation of the film . grasping screenplay and makes us to dissolve into the story. good job done by the Team.All the Best.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

Nice narration without compromise

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

very good movie

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Good movie

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

National Award winning Director Bala revisits his signature style by showcasing a raw and hitting reality of the Tea Planters of the Pre Independent South India during the 1930's, which shows shades of legends such as Ingmar Bergman, Bimal Roy, Steven Spielberg and Mani Ratnam. The dialogues by Nanjil Nandan are sharp and hitting. The film somewhere also reminds of Bala's previous films "Pithamagan" and "Naan Kadavul". The script, originally sourced from Paul Harris Daniel's novel "Red Tea", has been given a beautiful poetic narrative by the director Bala itself. The film is brilliant transition from a colourful drought scenario to a dark and violent tea plantation scenario.The cinematography by Chezhiyan is brilliant where every frame is equivalent to a painting, apart from that the DI work brilliantly complements the visuals giving the film old and "grey" look. The production designing work is one of the landmark works for a film in the Tamil Cinema. The music score by GV Prakash Kumar complements within every moment of the film. The editing by Krishna T.E. is sharp and crisp. The protagonist played by Atharva is reminder of Vikram's brilliance in "Sethu" and "Pithamagan" and Madhavan's performance in "Aayutha Ezhuthu". He is great, riveting and convincing. Vedhika is sweet and brilliant. Dhansika and Uma Riyaz Khan brilliant support with their sheer excellence on screen. Overall, the film has its moments, both riveting and heart breaking. Dont look for the entertainment factor in the film. It's a new level apart. Great narration and direction work by Bala again after spilling magic in films like "Sethu","Nandha", "Pithamagan" and "Naan Kadavul". My rating would be 4/5

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

National Award winning Director Bala revisits his signature style by showcasing a raw and hitting reality of the Tea Planters of the Pre Independent South India during the 1930's, which shows shades of legends such as Ingmar Bergman, Bimal Roy, Steven Spielberg and Mani Ratnam. The dialogues by Nanjil Nandan are sharp and hitting. The film somewhere also reminds of Bala's previous films "Pithamagan" and "Naan Kadavul". The script, originally sourced from Paul Harris Daniel's novel "Red Tea", has been given a beautiful poetic narrative by the director Bala itself. The film is brilliant transition from a colourful drought scenario to a dark and violent tea plantation scenario.The cinematography by Chezhiyan is brilliant where every frame is equivalent to a painting, apart from that the DI work brilliantly complements the visuals giving the film old and "grey" look. The production designing work is one of the landmark works for a film in the Tamil Cinema. The music score by GV Prakash Kumar complements within every moment of the film. The editing by Krishna T.E. is sharp and crisp. The protagonist played by Atharva is reminder of Vikram's brilliance in "Sethu" and "Pithamagan" and Madhavan's performance in "Aayutha Ezhuthu". He is great, riveting and convincing. Vedhika is sweet and brilliant. Dhansika and Uma Riyaz Khan brilliantly supporting with their sheer excellence on screen. Overall, the film has its moments, both riveting and heart breaking. Dont look for the entertainment factor in the film. It's a new level apart. Great narration and direction work by Bala again after spilling magic in films like "Sethu","Nandha", "Pithamagan" and "Naan Kadavul". My rating would be 4/5

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Todays freedom.... Sterday sum1c struggle.....

  • Rating 1.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Any one please describe the conclusion of this movie? What director want to say finally instead of suffering by 'coolees'?

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

This is the First and last tamil cinema of its kind and is finest, best ever of Bala's all movies. No wonder why this movie got record breaking Critic's rating 4.5/5. There are many interesting stuffs to watch for, to start off with the cinematographer, the way he portrayed the carefree lives led by villagers is exceptional. Of course Bala's direction, screenplay and story is what makes the movie enthralled. Atharva, Vedhika & Tanshika's performances are best till date. I m sure this movie feels you to think of the inhumane agonies undergone by the tea labourers when you sip a cup of tea :( :(

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

I never miss bala's film in first day. I think this is the best out of his all movies. While he is showing what happened during 1930 where I was not even born, He also puts light on whats happening today to labors. At most of metro cities, labors are brought from East India and exploited. Due to poverty, they are brought for lowest salary, they don't provide proper food, place to stay. I can digest what British did for Indians before independence, but not what we Indian are doing for our own people even today !!!., It is happening in Hotels and Construction Industry where everyone knows. Please visit their camp how they live !!!. I don't think we need another bala to make one more movie on this...

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

must watch movie

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Excellent is probably not the right word to describe this wonderful experience. Bala will go down as one of the best directors that Indian Cinema has produced despite having directed only 6 movies till date. Each scene and character has been sculpted to say the least and the climax is stunning. It took me a lot of time to get over the climax and the movie and the hangover is still there. Will definitely think of those laborers who had undergone such inhumane sufferings when I pick up my cup of tea. A sure shot National Award Winning Movie with Best Actor award for Atharvaa, Best Director award for Bala. Not to forget the wonderful performances of Vedhika and Dhanshika... Hats off Bala.. We stand and salute your direction prowess...

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

You are a kankaani.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Please release the movie in chandigarh.


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