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 (“The Terrorist”, “Asoka”). An idealistic young Indian man (Rahul Bose) finds himself torn between his ambitions for the future and his loyalty to the past when people in his village learn of an affair between his British boss (Linus Roache) and a village woman (Nandita Das).
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. -Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival
We'll have more information on this film and interviews with the cast. “Before the Rains” comes to theaters May 9th. Click to watch the trailer