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Before the Rains (2007)

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A English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj.

Director:

Santosh Sivan

Writers:

Cathy Rabin (screenplay), Dan Verete (as Dany Vert)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 (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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Language:

English | Malayalam

Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ennen sateita See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,159, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,036,061, 14 September 2008
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The story takes place in 1937, but the pickup truck seen throughout the film is a 1950's Jeepster truck. See more »

Quotes

[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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Remake of Asphalt Zahov (2000) See more »

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Ach, Ich Suhl's Es Ist
(Die Zauberflöte Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1791
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Before Anticipating The Rain
29 July 2010 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Santosh Sivan has already made a name for himself as an established cinematographer. With 'The Terrorist' he proved to be a competent director. Now comes another sensational directorial ventures, 'Before the Rains'. Visually, it's a feast for the eyes. Sivan's way of capturing the beauty and atmosphere of the natural rainforest setting as he stresses on the details to each and every one of his shots is simply amazing.

The intriguing premise of the story is derived of a novel concept. Sivan sensibly tackles themes such as love, class distinction, despair, guilt and betrayal and layers them well within the story and characters. He never goes over the top as he wonderfully manages to keep a low tone. Just when one would think the story would turn towards a predictable path, Sivan throws a surprising turn while staying true to the film. He extracts some incredible performances from his principle cast that includes Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das and Jennifer Ehle.

Overall, Santosh Sivan has improved as a director and continues to be a superb cinematographer. It's definitely a much better movie than 'Asoka'. I would like to see this director make more such films rather than opt for the usual loud Bollywood masala like 'Asoka'.


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