Before the Rains ()

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


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Henry Moores
T. K. Neelan
Laura Moores
Leopold Benedict ...
Peter Moores
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Ambikathmajan ...
T.K.'s Headmaster
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ...
T.K.'s mom
Rajat (as Lal Paul)
Charles Humphries
Manas (as Indrajith)
T.K.'s Father
Ejji K. Umamahesh ...
Inspector Sampath

Directed by

Santosh Sivan

Written by

Cathy Rabin ... (screenplay)
Dan Verete ... () (2001 film "Asphalt Zahov") (as Dany Vert)

Produced by

Mark Burton ... producer
Steven Cohen ... associate producer
Howard Frumes ... executive producer
Paul Hardart ... producer
Tom Hardart ... producer
Doug Mankoff ... producer
Pauline Piechota ... co-producer
Ashok Rao ... executive producer
Mubina Rattonsey ... co-producer
Andrew Spaulding ... producer
Jessica Stamen ... co-producer
Milind Vereker ... line producer
Jane Villiers ... executive producer
Amotz Zakai ... co-producer

Music by

Mark Kilian

Cinematography by

Santosh Sivan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Steven Cohen
A. Sreekar Prasad

Editorial Department

Prince Bagdasarian ... high definition coordinator
Dennis Little ... digital intermediate production coordinator
Jon Pehlke ... digital intermediate editor
Sarah Priestnall ... production supervisor: digital intermediate
Steven Ramirez ... assistant editor
Adam Stark ... colorist
Kurt Tuffendsam ... digital intermediate project manager

Casting By

Daniel Hubbard ... (as Dan Hubbard)

Production Design by

Sunil Babu

Costume Design by

Satheesh S.B. ... (as S.B. Satheesan)

Production Management

Ian Kennedy ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Kamal K.M. ... first assistant director (as Kamal Mohammed)
Ritesh Menon ... second second assistant director

Sound Department

Caoimhe Doyle ... foley artist
Brian Dunlop ... assistant sound editor
David Esparza ... supervising sound effects editor
Robert Jackson ... supervising dialogue editor
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
John Ross ... re-recording mixer
Paul Schwartz ... sound mixer
Leslie Shatz ... supervising sound editor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann ... re-recording mixer
Don White ... foley recording mixer

Visual Effects by

Rachel Clement ... digital cleanup artist

Camera and Electrical Department

Alphonse Roy ... second unit photographer
Anjuli Shukla ... first assistant camera
Sojan ... loader

Casting Department

Kelly Valentine Hendry ... casting associate

Music Department

Anastasia ... composer: additional music
Marcus Barone ... producer: soundtrack album
Christine Bergren ... music clearances
Dragan Dautovski ... musician: kaval
Vanja Lazarova Dimitrovska ... vocals
Cengis Ibraim ... musician: psaltery
Kazim Idriz ... music department
Arun Ingle ... choir
Gordana Josifovska ... oboe
Nitin Karandikar ... choir
Vele Lee Korabovski ... engineer
Roman Kovalik ... assistant to composer
Sathish Krishnamurthy ... mridangam
Vaijayanti Limaye ... choir
Didier Marc ... mastered by
Satya McGarry ... vocals
Zlatko Origjanski ... performer
Kirti Pai ... choir
Tose Pop-Simonov ... mixed by
Deepak Ram ... musician: bansuri
Mr. Ratnakar ... choir coordinator
Shishir Saple ... choir
Jonathan Schultz ... score consultant
Matt Shelton ... music editor
K. Shrikumar ... violinist
A. Sivamani ... percussion
Valentino Skenderovski ... programmer
Zoran Spasovski ... performer
Casey Stone ... music scoring mixer
Aboli Thosar ... choir
Daniela Tosic ... vocals
Riste Trajkovski ... performer
Senko Velinov ... backing vocals

Other crew

Maryann C. Contrubis ... u.s. accountant (as Maryann C. Fondulas)
J.P. Pettinato ... production consultant
Sahil Sai ... visual promotions
Arturo Lopez Uscanga ... scanning manager
Ryon Lane ... business affairs: lionsgate (uncredited)


Ivan Padmachandran ... thanks
Alpita Patel ... special thanks
Vijay Venkataramanan ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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 out that Henry is having a steamy affair with Sajani. Written by rAjOo (

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Also Known As
  • Road to the Sky (United Kingdom)
  • Перед дождем (Russia)
  • Ennen sateita (Finland)
  • To timima tou pathous (Greece)
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  • 98 min
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Opening Weekend United States $48,159, 11 May 2008

Did You Know?

Goofs The story takes place in 1937, but the pickup truck seen throughout the film is a 1950's Jeepster truck. See more »
Movie Connections Remake of Yellow Asphalt (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Pink Champagne See more »
Quotes T.K.'s Father: You knew of this but did nothing. You saw everything and shut your eyes because you wanted to live in both worlds. No one is ever lost on a straight road. But you have been lost, and now you must find your way back.
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