The 98-minute film titled Before The Rain is the cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan’s fifth film, which has been shot in the picturesque Munnar hill station of Idukki district and explores the predicament of people who straddle two cultures. Malayalam actors Thilakan, Lal Paul and Indrajith Sukumaran are also in the film. It is produced by Adirondack Pictures, Echo Lake Entertainment, Excalibur Films and presented by Merchant Ivory Pictures. This will be his first American production and also his first in the English language. The film’s international cast includes actors from the US, Britain and India. Rahul Bose and Nandita Das play lead roles alongside British actors Linus Roache, Jennifer Ehle and John Standing.
Before The Rains is set in India of the 1930s, when roads were being constructed through hills for spice trade. The story revolves around a Britisher (Roache) who falls in love with his Indian housemaid, Sajani (Das). When the affair is discovered, he seeks help from his farm assistant, T.K. (Bose) who belongs to Sajani’s tribe, to cope with the situation. T.K. then finds himself caught in a terrible dilemma. Before The Rains will hit the screens on May 9th in New York and Los Angeles and then expand over the subsequent two weeks into over twenty US cities.