Videsh (2009) – A Heaven on Earth Review

The life of all NRI is just not great. Simply as the live of each Indians is not the same. Many fail to identify the truth and move to foreign land for betterment. The movie Videsh is a great example of what uncertainties await for many people. Preity Zinta as Chand, a young woman, leaves her home and loving family behind in India to build a new life in Canada. She moves to Brampton, Ontario and marries Rocky, a man she has never met. She finds herself trapped in a family where she gets no respect. She is expected to behave like a slave. She works at a factory cleaning and collecting napkins. Being bright and educated she cannot connect her to her new home. She misses India. A lot.

Videsh (2009) – A Heaven on Earth Review

The life of all NRI is just not great. Simply as the live of each Indians is not the same. Many fail to identify the truth and move to foreign land for betterment. The movie Videsh is a great example of what uncertainties await for many people. Preity Zinta as Chand, a young woman, leaves her home and loving family behind in India to build a new life in Canada. She moves to Brampton, Ontario and marries Rocky, a man she has never met. She finds herself trapped in a family where she gets no respect. She is expected to behave like a slave. She works at a factory cleaning and collecting napkins. Being bright and educated she cannot connect her to her new home. She misses India. A lot.

Released on: 27th March
Starring: Preity Zinta, Vansh Bharadwaj, Balinder Johal, Rajinder Singh Cheema, Gourrav Sihan, Geetika Sharma, Ramanjit Kaur.
Director: Deepa Mehta
Music Director: Mychael Danna
Producer: David Hamilton

Videsh (2009) - A Heaven on Earth Review
Videsh (2009) - A Heaven on Earth Review
Videsh (2009) – A Heaven on Earth Review Trailer
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Overall Rating: 1.83/5

From All the reviews on the web. List of Videsh Reviews

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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywoodhungama

On the whole, VIDESH – HEAVEN ON EARTH works in parts, but it’s not enough.Despite the hiccups, you can’t deny the fact that Deepa has handled the material with sensitivity. Even the end — you can predict the conclusion — is well executed. At the box-office, the Indian market may not be too receptive to the film. It will have to look internationally to recoup the investment.


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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

A thought-provoking film unquestionably, Videsh is slow in parts and indulgent too. You could argue also that like “Water”, Mehta’s last film, this one too serves up an image of India and the immigrant lifestyle that the West is happy to lap up. Two out of five for director Deepa Mehta’s Videsh. It’s hardly perfect, but watch it nevertheless for Preity Zinta’s earnest performance; that is unquestionably this film’s biggest strength.


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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The film scores mainly in its cinematography (Giles Nuttgen) which captures the claustrophobic interiors of the NRI existence with chilling close-ups. Preity’s new home is a festering ghetto, spilling over with disgruntled people who left their homes in search of paradise. And ended up with no hope, no space, no pride. Preity Zinta too puts in a powerful performances as the de-glamourised, disenchanted young bride, but the rebellion comes too late and the snake-lore, complete with a nag-pariksha, seems too bizarre in a 21st century denouement of domestic violence.


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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

It’s as difficult to relate with the titles (even on an sarcastic note), as impossible it is to connect with the treatment of this film (even after metaphorical decoding).Deepa Mehta chose to be daringly different in all her earlier ‘element’ary outings including Fire, Earth and Water but never lost her connect with the audience. She tries a bit too hard to be deliberately different here and it shows. Heaven on Earth turns into a hell of a viewing experience.


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Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes

If this sounds bizarre, well, it is an incongruous intertwining of domestic violence and alienation with the ancient tale dramatized in Girish Karnad’s Naga Mandala, in which a bride tries to woo her indifferent husband with a magic potion but succeeds instead in enchanting a cobra. Put simply, it just doesn’t work here, transposed into a Canadian context (why, why, Deepa?).To her credit, Preity Zinta gives more than she gets as she traverses fantasy and reality seamlessly in a marvelous performance. Even if the movie doesn’t.


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Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer: Site:Indiatimes

It’s as difficult to relate with the titles (even on an sarcastic note), as impossible it is to connect with the treatment of this film (even after metaphorical decoding). Deepa Mehta chose to be daringly different in all her earlier ‘element’ary outings including Fire, Earth and Water but never lost her connect with the audience. She tries a bit too hard to be deliberately different here and it shows. Heaven on Earth turns into a hell of a viewing experience.


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The movie is released in the following Cinema Halls in Kolkata

Fame Hiland Park II
The Metropolis, Hiland ParkPh:4010-5555. 1.15 pm
Fame Hiland Park III
The Metropolis, Hiland ParkPh:4010-5555. 5.35 pm
Fame2 South City
South City Mall, 375 Prince Anwar Shah RoadPh:4010-5555. 10.15 am
Fame4 South City
South City Mall, 375 Prince Anwar Shah RoadPh:4010-5555. 5.00 pm
Inox 1 – City Centre
City Centre, DC Block, Sector I, Salt LakePh:2358-4499. 3.20 pm
Inox 1 – Forum
The Forum Shopping Mall, 10/3, Elgin RoadPh:2283-6669. 3.45 pm
Inox 1 – Swabhumi
Swabhumi, 89C, Moulana AKA Sarani, EM BypassPh:2320-8900. 9.30 am
Inox 2 – City Centre
City Centre, DC Block, Sector I, Salt LakePh:2358-4499. 7.20 pm
Inox 2 – Forum
The Forum Shopping Mall 10/3, Elgin RoadPh:2283-6670. 10.30 pm
Inox 3 – Swabhumi
89C, Moulana AKA Sarani, EM BypassPh:2320-8900. 6.45 pm
Inox 4 – City Centre
City Centre, DC Block, Sector I, Salt LakePh:2358-4499. 9.15 am
Nandan 1
1/1 A J C Bose RoadPh:2223-1210. 4.15 pm
Navina
85A Prince Anwar Shah RoadPh:2422-0091. 3.30 pm
Priya
95 Rashbehari AvenuePh:2464-1313. 2.30 pm
RDB Big Cinemas III
RDB Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Plot–K1, Block AP & GP, Sector V , Salt LakePh:3984-6101. 1.30 pm
Star Theatre
79/3/4, Bidhan Sarani Sovabazar Ph:2533-6868. 6.45 pm

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