"Paradesi", dubbed in Telugu, is based on real life incidents that took place before independence during the 1940s. This movie is the screen-adaptation of 'Eriyum Panikadu' a Tamil translation of the 1969 novel Red Tea by Paul Harris Daniel.
It mainly deals with a tea plantation workers in the Madras Presidency during the British Raj and 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.
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'Paradesi', a pejorative Tamil term meaning a foreigner or wastrel, deals with the story of enslaved tea plantation workers in pre-independent India. The film has been adapted from "Eriyum Panikadu", a Tamil translation of the 1969 novel "Red Tea" by Paul Harris Daniel which deals with Harris's encounters with enslaved tea plantation workers in the Madras Presidency in colonial India. Read More