Cast: Atharva, Dhansika, Vedhika
Direction, Story & Screenplay: Bala
Banner: B Studios
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Run Time: 126 Mins
Genre: Drama, History, Period
Release Date: 15 Mar 2013
‘Paradesi’ is based on real life incidents that took place before independence during the 1940s. Paradesi is inspired from a novel called ‘Eriyum Panikadu‘ (translation of Red Tea). The film delves into the wretched lives of tea plantation workers. The movie realistically depicts the lives of poor carefree villagers who are lured to work in tea plantation farms and how they are forced to live rest of their lives as slaves with no trace of hope and freedom.
The film has lifelike characters that draw you into their lives with their realistic performances. The film exposes the pain, anguish and suffering of the enslaved tea workers of South India under the British in the late 1930s.
It’s 1939 and the story is set in backdrops of ‘Saaloor’ village focalizing on the realistic lives of dwellers and their customs. Ottu Porukki aka Rasa (Atharva) earns his livelihood as an announcer with percussions across the lanes and his innocence attracts Angamma (Vedhika), who falls in love apparently. Unbearable to the drought, Rasa moves to the neighboring town for earning and comes across a landlord of tea estates, who vows an efficient job and good pay to all his townsmen and their family with an annual holiday.
Hoodwinking them all into deep thinking that he is a genuine person, they all travel more than a month to reach the tea estate vacating their lands. Meanwhile, the intimacy between Rasa and Angamma results in her pregnancy. Elated over this news, he decides to meet her, but is denied with his break from work… The true colors of the landlord is unraveled and the workers are beaten black and blue tortured unceasingly. Rasa comes across a married woman named Maragatham (Dhansika), whose husband left her and their daughter desolated breaking loose from the gruesome landlord.
In his attempt to fly the coop for meeting his wife Angamma and newborn son, Rasa is caught red-handed by the henchmen of the landlord and is penalized badly with physical attack. Unbearable harassment of women by Englishmen, deadly plague disease haunting and devilish nature of the landlord – the laborers are ghastly wedged in hell and the drama ends on a shocking note.