6.3/10
780
16 user 15 critic

Heaven on Earth (2008)

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In 2012, a young woman was gang raped by six men inside a moving bus in New Delhi. Eleven actors collaborated on a fictional dramatization of the lives of the rapists.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Vansh Bhardwaj, Tia Bhatia, Janki Bisht
Fire (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani
Earth (1998)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna
Water I (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas
Beeba Boys (2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

With the help of his recent recruit, a gang leader takes on an established crime lord in a battle for control over Vancouver's arms and drug trade.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Ali Kazmi, Ali Momen, Randeep Hooda
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A story of love and enchantment set in the coldest of winters, it explores the issues, dilemmas and barriers facing the lucky and unlucky in love in the 21st Century, based on the novel of ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Kate Lynch, Kate Kelton, Sunday Muse
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Rajat Kapoor, Vansh Bhardwaj, Anupam Kher
Let's Talk About It (Video 2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Says Noemi Weis, President of Filmblanc: "Deepa Mehta is a master of the exposé. As a documentary director, she has elevated the issue of domestic violence in such a way that we can no ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Xiomara Fuentes, Amandeep Kaur, Harish Sharma
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After Rahul's white pop-star fiancée dies in a bizarre levitation accident his mother insists he find another girl as soon as possible, preferably a Hindi one. As she backs this up by ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Rahul Khanna, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak
Sam & Me (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

23-year-old Nikhil comes to Canada from India to find his fortune and is convinced by his uncle to work as a companion and care-giver to Sam, an elderly Jewish man. An unlikely friendship ensues, which gives both men new insight into life.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Stars: Ranjit Chowdhry, Peter Boretski, Om Puri
The Last Lear (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan".

Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Geeta Rao has two admirers - one is Siddharth Tyabji and the other is Vikram Malhotra circa 1969 West Bengal that is witnessing it's struggle against the ruling Congress party, joining ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra
Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Shiney Ahuja, Chitrangda Singh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gick Grewal ...
Chand's Mother
Vansh Bhardwaj ...
Geetika Sharma ...
Loveleen Kaur Dhillong
Orville Maciel ...
Kabir Singh Dhillon
Ramanjit Kaur ...
Aman
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Le Paradis sur terre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excruciating and Beautiful
21 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Heaven on Earth is both excruciating and incredibly beautiful. It's this juxtaposition, along with the magical realism, that pulls us in, chains us to our seats, keeps our eyes and ears open, and exposes our hearts to the intensity of the situation. It opens us to Chand's vulnerability and strength, and commands us to be vulnerable and strong in turn.

The story is told elsewhere, so I won't talk about it here. Preity's performance is amazing, and she deserves any award she gets for this. And everyone else in the cast is also terrific. Like all Mehta's film's, it's literate, beautifully shot and edited, and takes on an issue no one really wants to talk about, let alone see up on a big screen.

While it might not be for everyone, Heaven on Earth is for those with the heart and strength to bare the onslaught of Chand's suffering and her escapes into imagination. The film has stayed with me since I saw it about a month ago. I hope it always does.


20 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page