PARADESI movie review: Bala reigns supreme in this serious Tamil film!

Posted Sat, March 16, 2013 4:01pm IST

For those who find serious films their cup of tea, this is outstanding cinema from director Bala

Bala is known for his unique style of filmmaking and he has been at the helm of the new wave directors for some time now. From his Sethu days he has come to be known as a man with a remarkable ability to portray reality on screen, even if that reality is harsh at times. Though there are those who criticise his way of filmmaking, he has a legion of admirers, including Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap, who feel he makes movies for the sheer love of it and with the least concern for commercial success.

After burning his finger trying his hand at a ‘so-called’ commercial venture in Avan Ivan, Bala is back to serious stuff, and brings the best out of rookie Atharva, son of late actor Murali, who is looking to make an imprint in cinema. Vedhika and Dhansika, both up-and-coming actors, too have capitalised on the opportunity to showcase their histrionic skills.

The story is about how tea estate workers suffered at the hands of their masters in pre-Independence India. The film opens in Saloor village in the year 1939 and Ottu Porkki alias Rasa (Atharva) is a person who lives a simple life and is drawn towards Angamma (Vedhika).

As drought cripples the village, Rasa and the villagers decide leave the place in search of jobs in a tea plantation. It takes an arduous journey on foot for 47 days to reach the estate. Things aren’t exactly rosy for workers there, as the owners treat them with terrible cruelty and force them to work as bonded labourers.

On the plantation is Maragadham (Dhanshika), mother of two, who works there. The harsh working conditions ruin their health. Rasa tries to escape to meet Angamma, who is pregnant, but is trapped and tortured.

Atharva steals the show with an unexpectedly strong performance. It isn’t the lover-boy role but a serious one and his hard work is evident on screen. Vedhika and Dhanshika get a chance to shine, which doesn’t happen very often in Kollywood these days.

The music by GV Prakash Kumar matches the mood of the film.

If you are serious about serious stuff, Paradesi is your cup of tea, as Bala reigns over it in his inimitable style!

Rating: 4 out of 54 Star Rating

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  • venkat

    good movie..sure shot this will get national award…..make up ,art direction very nice….

  • shankar

    Still Some Scenes running in mind…Vairamuthu No words for praise him.”Valli Solave eilaye vai mozhi ! Kaneeru than allayin thai mozhi” This is just sample…1.Bala.2.Vairamuthu.3.Cheziyan.4.Adarva..GV should improve alot Missing Ilayarja Alot.

  • antony

    Paradesi is THE BEST movie of Bala’s movies and one of the best in history of world cinema. Also it is better than “Vazhaku En 18/9″ which is the best Indian movie of 2012. Bala travels in mood of the people and projects characters than story. Every actor in this film given a spectacular acting specifically lead actor Atharva and the old grandmother character. This period film brought out the language, culture and materials of that age very well. Vairamuthu’s lyrics going through the nerve. Camera is awesome makes you into the location. Bala is definitely one of the Best Directors in the world. India and Tamil Nadu should be proud of him. In fact all humans should be proud and thankful of him.

  • Praba

    Bala s one of d grt director n tamil cinima industry.he has been made biggest success.this was started from sethu.i m fan of him and his movies.acting was so good in ths film.bala sir please keep up ur style n ds way.

  • magesh

    …PARADESI…Tamil cinemavil oru ulaga cinema… hads up bala sir..u proved ur self..paradesi yadharthamana padaipil oru mile kal..this film surly get national award..adharva acting really superb.. thank u bala sir ..

  • theagarajan

    This is real Cinema… No more words to add

  • Arun

    Brilliant movie.Hats off Bala sir.sure there is a lot of stuff for the budding artists to learn from this master piece.Bala’s best movie ever..deserves an Oscar