- Actors: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das
- Directors: Santosh Sivan
- Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC
- Language: Hindi
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: A (Adults Only)
- Studio: Eagle
- Product Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B008CBDUKG
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The problem is that we have seen and read this story before. From Rudyard Kipling's The Man who Would be King on through
A Passage to India
Jewel in the Crown
Even Merchant Ivory's movies like Heat and Dust or
the otherwise humorous Outsourced,
all come down to the same warning. East meets West, man meets woman and; to borrow from another movie: "Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming." If you add in a pistol, make sure someone has life insurance. Chekov's gun principle rules in the theater of the British Raj.
There is a fair wrinkle in this variation of the Raj the love triangle (is it a polygon if the lovers are both also married to others?). The weight of the impending tragedy will fall on NK Neeland the Indian brains behind the Imperial British Heel, sorry this time he is just a planter. NK lives bestride the two cultures. He also has to deal with the rising Indian Independence movement. Ultimately he has to handle all of the details of his boss's love affair then handle all of its implications for the planter and for his own village.
Before the Rains is not a bad movie. If you come to this movie before most of those listed above, and have not read the dozens of variations by Kipling or WS Maugham and perhaps a dozen others, you should be able to enjoy this movie. It is performed with heart and shot in a beautiful country. If you have not seen the storyline too many times before; this can be a good entertainment.
Events start to tumble out of control as the villagers spike up their protests against British rule, which brings work on the new road to a stop. The native manservant, aware of the affair between the two lovers, becomes torn between two worlds - his own heritage and concern for Sejani - and the promise of greater prosperity in partnership with the British.
The photography is stunning in its scope and beauty of the wild, untamed jungles of Southern India and its intermittant sculpted tea plantations. An absolutely gripping tale, beautifully told!
A magnificent British Colonial plantation is the main setting, but it's during a rough period of time because of the Indian Government nationalizing foreigh-owned businesses and property.
Personally, I would do anything (and I do mean anything) that Linus Roache wanted me to do, so even though the girlfriend really wasn't the goodie-goodie she seemed to be, I still would have made a deal with El Diablo to have been in her position(s) <TIC>
The intensity of all the Actors with individual agendas made this film a raging excitement from minute one (1) till the end credits rolling.
Good work Folks!!!