Before The Rains
- Director:Santosh Sivan
- Cast:Leopold Benedict, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, Linus Roache
- Release Date:January 08, 2009
- Running time:98 minutes
- Film Worth:$9.50
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“…suffers from a downpour of melodrama.”
The 1930s were a turbulent time for British rule in India. The first independent legislative assemblies were being established after decades of British dominance, and it wouldn’t be long before India became once again an independent nation. It is within this greater context that Before The Rains focuses its story.
Henry Moores (Linus Roache) is a wealthy British colonial making his living in India’s bountiful tea-and-spices trade, assisted by his faithful friend and near-servant, TK (Rahul Bose). His latest project is to build a road in order to access more of the spices that India has to offer, but the waning days of the Raj are proving to be an occasional obstacle. Also getting in the way is Moores’ affair with Sajani (Nandita Das), a woman from the local tribe. The arrival of Moores’ wife from England (Jennifer Ehle) causes more problems, as he desperately tries to get the road finished before the monsoon season begins.
The location of the film is idyllic, with the jungle and waterfalls playing the perfect role in establishing the romance between Sajani and Moores. The drama that unfolds, however, tends to lean towards soap opera stylings, and loses the effect that the initial passion between the lovers establishes. While not without its merits (the performances of Jennifer Ehle and Rahul Bose are particular highlights), Before The Rains ultimately suffers from a downpour of melodrama.