Paradesi – Red Shades of Green Tea
Paradesi based on the novel “Red Tea” is set in the 1940′s shows the lives of the Tea Plantation workers . This is a typical film from the master crafter , so this has to be watched keeping the commercial requirements aside. The film begins in a village near the then Chennai and travels to the Tea estates of the western Ghats.
The film yet again like other Bala films follows a dark path and traces the human emotions . The lives of the tea workers ,their search of hope and freedom are showcased by him with par excellence.All the actors have fitted pretty well in their roles and the entire lead cast have done a great job.
But, the mainstream audience may find it a bit difficult to digest the film . Bala has made a stark and most realistic portrayal of pre-independence slavery in India. He has handled the British rulers , the Indian handlers and the Christian missionary doctors in a similar way . The film has conveyed a lot of things through the visuals. The cinematography , editing and art direction have worked together to bring the era and plight of the workers who are treated as slaves in front of our eyes.
Bala has not done any compromises in the form of comedy sequences, songs and action sequences by which he has made a film of world class.
This film has a universal reach , the way the film begins and it ends brings in a lot of thoughts about the world we live and have lived in.
In spite of the controversies surrounding Bala , we have to accept that he is one kind of film maker who can bring out a best out of an actor and makes the most realistic kind of cinema.
Verdict – Paradesi tells the Red shades of green tea. An unadulterated Bala film.