Before the Rains (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  23 May 2008 (USA)
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A English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj.



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Credited cast:
Henry Moores
Rahul Bose ...
T. K. Neelan
Laura Moores
Leopold Benedict ...
Peter Moores
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Ambikathmajan ...
T.K.'s Headmaster
Indrajith ...
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ...
T.K.'s mom
Lal ...
Rajat (as Lal Paul)
Charles Humphries
Thilakan ...
T.K.'s Father
Ejji K. Umamahesh ...
Inspector Sampath


Malayalam-speaking T.K. Neelan, Rajat, Manas and his sister, Sajani, live in Kalpetta Township in Kerala, India, during the British Raj. As children they used to play in the woods where Manas and T.K. used to play Bhagwan Shri Ram and Shri Lakshman respectively, and rescue Sita (Sajani) from Lord Ravan's (Rajat) clutches. Now the year is 1937, all are grown up, while Manas is a laborer, Sajani is married to Rajat, and T.K. works for his British employer, Henry Moore, who lives there with his wife, Laura, and their son, Peter. Sajani is also employed as a maidservant in the Moore household. T.K.'s headmaster asks him to join the freedom movement and ask the British to quit India, but T.K. feels that India has made a lot of progress under the British rule and they should continue with this partnership. His headmaster cautions him that partnership is only between equals, but T.K. disregards this, and it is this attitude that will compel him to re-examine his way of thinking when he finds... Written by rAjOo (

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Passion has its price.

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Rated PG-13 for violent content and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Ennen sateita  »

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$48,159 (USA) (9 May 2008)


$1,036,061 (USA) (12 September 2008)

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biggest mistake ever. people don't speak Hindi(spoken Indian language in film) in Kerala, where the story happens. they speak Malayalam. I don't why, they made a such a mistake. Or may be its usual in Bollywood movies, invariant of any geographical location people speak Hindi. Be it Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa. See more »


[first lines]
T. K. Neelan: Sahib, we will have to change course again.
Henry Moores: This has got to be the damnedest crookedest road in the Crown!
T. K. Neelan: Oh, definitely. But it will be here after monsoon. A straight road would slide away.
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Moving and poetic story of doomed love.
11 May 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This gentle yet dramatic story of an ill-fated love affair between a colonial Brit (Linus Roach) and his beautiful Indian servant (Nandita Dass) reminds me of films of another era, perhaps Michael Powell's masterful Black Narcissus, where the mystical allure of India is powerfully dramatized. This simple yet effective story of longing, love, and sensuality, corrupted by jealously and betrayal, equally offers the viewer a canvas of raw color, dripping textures, and curious mysteries concealed within light and shadow. Films don't look like this any more, it is vivid and alive, and often reminds me of David Lean or John Ford. If the modern film world is harsh and uncompromising, this film's world is subtle and timeless... like India. The cast is superb, and I love the quiet torment and emotions of Rahul Bose, the man-servant with big trouble on his hands, and difficult choices to be made. Go see it for a movie experience long absent at the multiplex. Don't wait for the DVD - you won't be disappointed!

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