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Vagabond (2013)

Paradesi (original title)
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Before independence during the 1940's 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 traces of hope and freedom.




Bala, Nanjil Nadan
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Cast overview:
Atharvaa Murali ... Rasa / Kuchuporukki
Vedika ... Angamma
Dhansika ... Maragadham
Jerry Jerry ... Kankani
Karthick Ashokan Karthick Ashokan ... Thangarasu (as Udhay Karthik)
Riythvika ... Karuthakanni (as Ritwika)
Shiv Shankar Shiv Shankar ... Doctor / Christian Missionary
Vikramadithyan Vikramadithyan
Jithan Mohan Jithan Mohan ... Doctor / Letter Translator
Kachchammaa Paati Kachchammaa Paati ... Rasa's Grandmother
Kalpana Kalpana
Nicholas Nicholas
Sonaimuthu Sonaimuthu


Paradesi is based on real life incidents that took palace before independence during the 1940s. The film is the screen-adaptation of 'Eriyum Panikadu' a Tamil translation of the 1969 novel Red Tea by Paul Harris Daniel. The film mainly deals with a tea plantation workers in the Madras Presidency during the British Raj. 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 traces of hope and freedom. Written by Sadiq Khan (sadiqkhandirector@gmail.com)

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Release Date:

15 March 2013 (India) See more »

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Vagabond See more »


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INR120,000,000 (estimated)
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Thannai Thaane
Composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar
Written by Vairamuthu
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# Epitome of Quality # Personifies the Gothic phenomenon "PAIN"
3 June 2013 | by arjun-unidirectorSee all my reviews



RATING: 4.5/5

PARADESI-BALA---Two big names that will never be forgotten by Indian cinema forever. The film is unmitigatedly a ONE-MAN show. The name behind the film is sufficient to measure the quality of it. Now coming to the controversial teaser, it's dejecting to see that even the fraternity is not capable of understanding the logic and its purpose. It's greatly disappointing to hear stuff about violating human rights and also highly obtuse if they don't understand the pain that has been suffered and efforts put into the film by the director.

Firstly, to film a script based on a period-novel requires an enormous level of maturity and brilliance in film making which can be done only by few directors in India. BALA—being one of the best mindful trend-setters in cinema, has proved it again. Technically, chezhiyan accomplished a superlative task with a higher plane of photography and also with the shades of colors used in the film which has done a complete justice for a epic-period-creation of this quality. Photography is surely next level and tailor-made for international accolades. MUSIC is intensely synchronizing and pertinent to the epic-illustrations though it could have been better. It is purely coherent that the script was plainly over-matured and hard-hitting for GV's age and experience. Reverent salutes to the director for experimenting his finest with sprouting talents. Vairamuthu's lyrics are strikingly poignant and vehemently penned for the spectators to experience the veracious anguish and dolor that our fellow beings experienced.

Coming to the artists' performance, which is the signature-asset of Bala's films, he extracted a meritorious output. Atharva, with his sterling performance made it totally infeasible for the audience to stifle the tears. The climax sequence was incontrovertibly world-class and Atharva managed to deliver an ultimate execution and Vedhicka simply OUTDID Dhanshika with her incomparable piece of acting for her expressions and gestures were totally superior. Jerry made an excellent concussion with the gallery. The supporting cast and junior artists did their job to perfection. ##Not taking anything away from the actors, the credit goes to director Bala for squeezing the flairs from them which they were unaware of. Bala, still remains an expert for his inventiveness in molding actors for cinema. It's undoubtedly the best film of the year.

PARADESI--In conclusion, it's a Bala film which is becoming to be better than any other genres in Indian cinema.

# Epitome of Quality

# Personifies the Gothic phenomenon "PAIN"

# Vigorous characterization---the film makes your heart cords vibrate and every frame tends to connect with us.

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