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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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Worth Watching!
24 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This definitely makes one wonder as to what a woman has to go through and in particular if she has to move from one country to another and live with people that she, at first, doesn't really know, she has to adjust as well as adopt to the way they live. A woman, who is married, leaves northern India, to live with her husband who she is meeting for the first time as well as her in laws, is a very good example of this setting, which captivates one from the beginning till the end.

Directed and written by Deepa Mehta, and known as "Videsh – Heaven on Earth," in other parts of the world, the movie stars, Preity Zinta, Balinder Johal, Rajinder Singh Cheema and Vansh Bhardwaj.

The theme of this also deals with domestic violence, which, in many parts of the world, is on the increase and how it really affects children and this is shown in its true colours in this film. Preity Zinta, what can be said about her performance? Absolutely spot on as is the performance by Vansh Bhardwaj. But what really captures the mood of this movie is the photographic technique used by the director – semiotics, where some scenery is filmed in black and white to make it a bit conspicuous from the others and in particular one of the Niagara Falls. There are certain aspects of the movie, which also make it a bit light and will probably make one laugh.

With films such as "Water," "Bollywood / Hollywood," "Earth" and "Fire," Director Deepa Mehta has gone on to add this one on a list of films that can be said, is worth watching.


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