I was disappointed with "Avan Ivan" and "Naan kadavul" since everything followed the same plot and i expected more. The actors in his films perform so well that their brilliant acting wasn't supported with a nice script. Bala is so talented as a director and he is obviously one of the bests in Kollywood but he needs to write better scripts. Tamil directors need to adapt novels instead of trying to write their own script.
I came to know this "Paradesi" film was said to be based on a novel "Red tea" by Paul harris Daniel. i don't know anything about that book but this film still seems more similar to his previous films. The film is all about sufferings of villagers who are tortured to work for British's tea plantations. All the characters have acted very well especially adharva and his role as hero just like Bala's previous films, stays in our minds even after minutes after the film is over. The setting, environment, camera works and BGM selection all top class showing Bala's capability as a director. I like how his film stays out of usual commercial tamil filmmaking style which doesn't have 5 songs, 5 fights, comedians, and punch dialogues. he takes tamil cinema close to Hollywood style and falls short.
"Paradesi" contains many weird scenes especially my favourite part of the film, where a new doctor comes to cure the coolies suffering from an unknown disease. Adharva will bring his roommate (lady who lives with him on the hut) suffering from illness to this doctors hospital. i expected he would cure her. Instead he suggests them to praise the almighty. Next day he and his white girlfriend starts singing and dancing for a Christian song for Christmas which kind of imitates the devotional songs in many of other tamil films where at the end of the song almighty will create a miracle such as curing a person suffering from sickness. But here, this is Bala's film, devotional Christian song which is nowhere sounding near the ones sang on churches, instead very very hilarious ending with.. the patient herself dying! I wouldn't call it controversial but the reality. Bala should change instead of calling himself as a dark person and making sad movies all the time. I dont want a film with 5 songs. I want a realistic film with a story.
This film is almost close to be called a masterpiece. But it isn't because lacks something.
overall i call it a cult classic , well a documentary in a painted manner