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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.

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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USA | India | UK

Language:

English | Malayalam

Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ennen sateita See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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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Pink Champagne
Composed by Peter Thomas
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Fighting loneliness in 1937. A Rough Road!
30 October 2008 | by vitaleralphlouisSee all my reviews

Before the Rains is a beautifully made drama set in south India in 1937. An engrossing story, it shows us what India was like and awakens our interest in foreign lands. But what stuck in MY mind was the extreme difficulty of having a sexual/romantic encounter in this time and place.

Young people these days take their sex fast and casual. There is no way they can ever understand the restraints of the pre-1960 era (let alone 1937). And this was the case in India, or in the USA. With most women married well before their 18th birthday, with marriage being respected by society, with the remaining single people mostly being (obvious) born losers, non or extra marital sex was virtually impossible, and could lead to the serious and multi-complicated downfalls portrayed in this movie. Easy to say had the lovers handled things wiser or smarter their ultimate problems might have been easier. But wait, they DID handle their situation wisely......


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