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Heaven on Earth (2008)

 |  Drama  |  24 October 2008 (Canada)
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Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chand Kaur Dhillon
Gick Grewal ...
Chand's Mother
Vansh Bhardwaj ...
Rocky Singh Dhillon
Geetika Sharma ...
Loveleen Kaur Dhillong
Orville Maciel ...
Kabir Singh Dhillon
Ramanjit Kaur ...
Aman
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Maji Dhillon
Rajinder Singh Cheema ...
Papaji Dhillon
Gourrav Sihan ...
Baldev Singh Dhillon
Ramona Khullar ...
Other Bride (as Ramona Omidvar-Khullar)
Balwinder Singh Chana ...
Priest
Rodny Ahluwalia ...
Cabby
Yanna McIntosh ...
Rosa
Indiana Jagait ...
Supervisor
Dilbagh Dhaliwal ...
Rocky's Friend
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Ludiana-based Chand gets married to Brampton-based Rocky Singh Dhillon and re-locates to Canada, to live with him and his extended family, consisting of his mom and dad; brother Baldev and his wife, Aman, and two children, Kabir and Loveleen. From the honeymoon stage itself, Chand gets physically abused by Rocky, and despite of bringing in $20K in dowry, she is immediately hired as a laborer even though she is a graduate and her wages are paid to her husband, and is not even permitted to call back home. Tenants occupy the house during the daytime, and the entire Dhillon family usually stay put in a shopping mall. Things only get worse after Rocky brutally assaults her in everyone's presence after she gets into a physical altercation with her mother-in-law. She manages to call back home wanting to return back, only to face discouragement, as her family want Rocky to sponsor her brother, Gurpreet. Things change dramatically after she claims she spotted Sheshnaag in the backyard, while ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Mehta's Keen Vision
22 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Heaven on Earth is another excellent film by director Deepa Mehta, whose previous work, Water was also very good. This time, she tackles the subject of arranged marriages.

Vibrant travels from Punjab, India to Ontario, Canada, to meet her prospective husband, Rocky. At first she loves the Great North, with its snow and natural beauty. The optimism is short lived, however, as the reality of a household consisting of Rocky's interfering mother, disinterested father, and a sister married to a man without a job, bring many problems. The tension is palpable, as the financial burdens fall on Vibrant's husband.

The suffering bride works at a laundry cleaning factory, and is befriended by Rosa, a co- worker who gives her a magic root to place in her husband's drink to make him fall in love with her. Of course, the magic potion does not work, despite Vibrant's best efforts. The home situation worsens, and the young bride must make some difficult choices. Although not as good as Water, Chopra is a natural storyteller with a keen eye, and she makes Heaven on Earth a realistic and all to human drama.


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