Director: Santosh Sivan
Cast: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, John Standing
Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement, Before The Rains is the English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan.
In the south of India in 1937, an Englishman could have his way with the land, the workers and sometimes with the woman of his choosing. Such power could shatter lives, even when exercised by the mildest of men. Acclaimed director and cinematographer Santosh Sivan explores this shock of collision between the forces of will and desire in colonial India.
Henry Moores (Linus Roache) has big plans to establish a spice plantation in Kerala. But his plans require a new road to be cleared through the vast hills, and the money and manpower to do it. To secure the trust of the local villagers, he depends on his right-hand man, T.K. (Rahul Bose). To satisfy his baser needs, he depends on his lover -- and house servant -- Sajani. Played with fire and intelligence by Nandita Das, Sajani is an irresistible, quicksilver beauty. Their sojourn to collect honey in the forest turns into a charged erotic encounter, but they are witnessed by two local boys -- and Sajani has a husband back in her village. How long will it be before her betrayal becomes known?
The risk escalates when Henry's wife and son arrive from England. Domestic demands rein him in, but Sajani will not be cast aside so easily. Threatened with death in her own village, she presses T.K. for help and Henry for refuge. Henry cannot reveal his infidelity, so he does what any man in his position might have resorted to at the time. Can his power and privilege still protect him?
Title: Before the Rains
Rating: (M) 1hr 45m
When: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February
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