Paradesi (2007)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 14 mins

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Complex and multi-layered, this socially relevant saga delves into the struggles faced by Indian citizens who left the country before independence in search of job, mostly to Arabia, and happened to reach Pakistan. Eventually, when they returned to the homeland, they happened to be holding a Pakistani passport, and now heartening forced by the Indian authorities to leave the nation to Pakistan, while the Pakistani authorities refuse them entry. This evocative tale eloquently depicts the suffering of such unfortunate people who are given the status of being a refugee in their own country's, through the twists and turns in the life of Valiyakaththu Moosa, an Indian Muslim who moves from the Malabar region of Kerala, India to Karachi, Pakistan during the British Raj in search of a job. Post-partition, he returns from Pakistan and settles down in Malappuram, Kerala. This man, who lives as a true Indian, doesn't get his Indian passport and thus an Indian identity in the official sense, even after 50 years of Independence. The police harass him as do his neighbours when he is suspected of being a Pakistani spy. Will he and people like him ever find acceptance and a sense of belonging in their homeland?

Cast: Mohanlal, Shweta Menon

Crew: PT Kunju Muhammad (Director), KG Jayan (Director of Photography), Ramesh Narayan (Music Director), Shabas Amman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 12 Oct 2007 (India)

Tagline: Who made boundaries? Who made us refugees?

Malayalam Name: പരദേശി

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as Valiyakathu Moosa
as Aamina
as Valiyakath Moosa's mother
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as Police
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as Moosa's friend
as Moosa's lover
as Journalist
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as Moosa's journalist
as Moosa's friend, Hamsa
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as Moosa's Friend
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2.39:1 (Scope)
Who made boundaries? Who made us refugees?
Filming Locations:
This movie was extensively shot in locations including Ottappalam in Kerala and Rajastan.