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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.

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Deepa Mehta

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Preity Zinta ... Chand Kaur Dhillon
Gick Grewal Gick Grewal ... Chand's Mother
Vansh Bhardwaj Vansh Bhardwaj ... Rocky Singh Dhillon
Geetika Sharma Geetika Sharma ... Loveleen Kaur Dhillong
Orville Maciel Orville Maciel ... Kabir Singh Dhillon
Ramanjit Kaur Ramanjit Kaur ... Aman
Balinder Johal ... Maji Dhillon
Rajinder Singh Cheema Rajinder Singh Cheema ... Papaji Dhillon
Gourrav Sihan Gourrav Sihan ... Baldev Singh Dhillon
Ramona Khullar Ramona Khullar ... Other Bride (as Ramona Omidvar-Khullar)
Balwinder Singh Chana Balwinder Singh Chana ... Priest
Rodny Ahluwalia Rodny Ahluwalia ... Cabby
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Rosa
Indiana Jagait Indiana Jagait ... Supervisor
Dilbagh Dhaliwal Dilbagh Dhaliwal ... Rocky's Friend
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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)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

Punjabi | English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Paradis sur terre See more »

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Deepa Mehta does it again!
27 March 2009 | by chimps_n_pimpsSee all my reviews

A subtle exploration of the human mind that will be lost on the masses.

This is a film that confronts so many issues in a very muted and delicate manner. No, I am not talking about domestic abuse. This is an explosive issue, and is dealt with as such. It leaves marks in peoples life, and we see those marks, repeatedly. The issues of expectations…of survival…of denial, these are the ones to watch out for. The occasional black and white shots serve as understated milestones documenting the journey. Many are criticising this film for its lack of three-dimensionality. To those I say: LOOK CLOSER! An intelligent audience doesn't need to see all out, emotional, crying scene to justify actions. A man sitting in a car, lost in though, is more than enough. Rocky isn't shown as a monster, he is shown as a very flawed man who doesn't understand how to deal with his problems, taking his anger out on those weaker than him. Chand is who she is. A girl in a new land. A girl lost in her imagination. A girl with expectations. A girl with wishes. A girl who, in her own way, creates the world she desires. We, as the viewers of this small snapshot in a girl's life, are forced to consider the definitions of mental health. Who is insane? The one that hallucinates? The one that is violent? The one that manipulates? The one that witnesses? Or even the one that helps? I will not even mention technical aspects such as cinematography, editing, sound, lighting etc. This is a Deepa Mehta film and as usual, the highest standard is shown. A special mention must be made of the poetry. And, of course, the acting of one Preity Zinta. Who would have thought her performance could have so much credibility? I for one am very pleasantly surprised, and expect great things from her. A must watch for those looking for a real film, no entertainment here, just vigorous thought provocation.


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