Maverick filmmaker and National Award winning director Bala has delivered hit after hit in his 13 years career in Tamil film industry. His ability to churn out good scripts has always ensured him success. Though his movies have off-beat content, it has never failed to keep the cash registers ringing. Now, the filmmaker is back with his latest movie Paradesi.
The interesting part of the movie is that he has chosen
yet-to-be-established actors Adharvaa and Dhansika. Generally, the
roles are serious and intense in nature and youngsters will
obviously find it difficult to live up to his expectations. And his
selection of Adharvaa and Dhansika have surprised many in the
industry. However, popular actress Vedhika is also part of the
Paradesi is based on real life incidents that occurred
pre-independence in the 1930s. In fact, the film is the
screen-adaptation of 'Eriyum Panikadu' a Tamil translation of the
1969 novel Red Tea by Paul Harris Daniel. The flick mainly deals
with a tea plantation workers in the Madras Presidency during the
How Bala has adapted the story into motion pictures? How he has
managed to bring the best out of his actors? Will the movie be a
milestone film in his career? Continue reading the review to get
answers to all those questions.
Movies on slavery have been made in every film industries in
India. People in power always treated poor very badly and Bala
tries to bring it as realistically as possible on-screen. The story
is set in 1930s and shows the condition of poor tea plantation
workers. And also throws light on the lifestyle of ordinary
carefree workers and how their freedom was hijacked by the people
in power. The director constructs the story in a brilliant manner
with no room for fiction elements in the narration.
A ruthless middlemen take people to work in a tea plantation and offers them good wages. But when they land in the place, those innocents understand that their lives were sealed forever as neither they get what were promised nor they can escape. Their pains, anguish and struggles form the crux of the story. Continue reading the review on the slideshow...
First of all, audience should enter the cine halls without any
expectations and clear there pre-conceived thoughts of enjoying the
movie. It is a true Bala's film and if you are a fan of the
director, you would rate it the best work of him till date. The
highlight of the story is that Bala has not hesitated to tell that
everybody including rulers and Christian missionaries had only one
goal of making people slaves.
Bala has tried his best to tell the story with all commercial
ingredients but the director misses out the grip to keep the
audience attention at parts. Nonetheless, the intensity in the
characters and well-adopted scenes will make you forget the boring
moments in the movie.
Performance wise, Bala has brought the best out of his
characters once again. His main roles - Atharva, Dhansika and
Vedhika have done complete justice to their roles. In fact, they
have given their lives to the roles and impress audience with
varied expressions. Artistes like Uma, Udhay Karthik and others
have given their best.
GV Prakash's music for the movie is rich. 'Seneerthana' is our
pick of the album for the soul-stirring voice of Gangai Amaren and
hard-hitting lyrics. Chezhiyan's cinematography could not have been
better as the cameramen has perfectly stood by Bala as his pillar.
Art direction department should have to be praised as it recreates
Verdict: Paradesi is a brilliantly
made movie but the lack of commercial elements will not guarantee
the success. Nonetheless, the film will be loved by Bala's