The National Award-winning Tamil film, titled The Vagabond in English, is a fave at the festival
Critically acclaimed Tamil period-drama Paradesi has been nominated for eight awards, including best film, at the London International Filmmaker Festival (LIFF) 2013. LIFF is scheduled to take place between October 12 and 18 in Ealing, London. The English title of Paradesi, directed by Bala Pazhanisaamy, is The Vagabond.
Paradesi is nominated for Best Film, Best Foreign Language Feature Film, Best Director of a Foreign Film and Best Director of a Foreign Language Feature Film. It is also nominated for Best Music (GV Prakash Kumar), Best Cinematography (R Chezhiyan) and Best Lead Actor (Atharva Murali) and Best Costume (Poornima Ramaswamy).
Set in the pre-Independence era, Paradesi, based on the book Red Tea by Paul Harris, is the story about the plight of tea plantation workers in south India. Released earlier this year, the film featured Atharva Murali, Vedhika Kumar and Dhansika in lead roles.
At the 60th National Film Awards, Paradesi won an award for Best Costume Design for Poornima Ramaswamy.