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Before the Rains (2007)

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


Santosh Sivan


Cathy Rabin (screenplay), Dan Verete (as Dany Vert)
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Credited cast:
Linus Roache ... Henry Moores
Rahul Bose ... T. K. Neelan
Nandita Das ... Sajani
Jennifer Ehle ... Laura Moores
Leopold Benedict Leopold Benedict ... Peter Moores
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Ambikathmajan Dr. Ambikathmajan ... T.K.'s Headmaster
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ... T.K.'s mom
Lal ... Rajat (as Lal Paul)
John Standing ... Charles Humphries
Indrajith Sukumaran ... Manas (as Indrajith)
Thilakan ... T.K.'s Father
Ejji K. Umamahesh Ejji K. Umamahesh ... Inspector Sampath


Malayalam-speaking T.K. Neelan (Rahul Bose), Rajat (Lal), Manas (Indrajith Sukumaran), and his sister, Sajani (Nandita Das), 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's) 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 Moores (Linus Roache), who lives there with his wife, Laura (Jennifer Ehle), and their son, Peter (Leopold Benedict). Sajani is also employed as a maidservant in the Moores 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 ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Passion has its price.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The story takes place in 1937, but the pickup truck seen throughout the film is a 1950's Jeepster truck. 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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A must see film
20 May 2008 | by ashoktrexSee all my reviews

Stunning, superb film. Completely deserving of having won "Best Picture" at the Worldfest film festival. This romantic drama/tragedy, set in the Colonial India of the 1930's is compelling, and is even more poignant when put in context of the emerging Independence movement in India at that time. The powerful subtext is the end of Colonialism. The performances by the actors are outstanding - particularly Linus Roache (of Law and Order fame), Rahul Bose, Nandita Das and Jennifer Ehle.

Energizing the story are four magnificent performances. Linus Roache as the English planter Henry Moores is trapped by a slowly debilitating moral choice, and his gradual moral deterioration is a symbol for every good Englishman whose moral shortcomings were tested in the era of empire. Nandita Das's wonderful portrayal as Henry's mistress Sajani is remarkably sensitive and very poignant. She is head-strongly in love, yet naive as to the ramifications of her reckless love affair. Her natural empathy for her character turns a potential victim into an emblem of feminine struggle. Jennifer Ehle as Herny's wife is probably the scene stealer of the movie.

A marvelous performance is delivered by Rahul Bose, as the man caught in the middle - T.K. Neelam, the planter's trusted foreman and friend, who is caught in the middle as his two worlds collide. A Western educated man but with strong roots in his tribal village, TK has to choose whether is it right to betray a friend or one's own people? T.K. final choice forms the climax of the film when he forsakes both worlds for the Gandhian Independence movement.

Santosh Sivan demonstrates his genius behind the lens, with breathtaking Cinematography, and Mark Killian outdoes his score from the Oscar winning film - Tsotsi. A MUST SEE FILM.

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$48,159, 11 May 2008

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