Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Canada / 2008 / Punjabi, English dialogue with English subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 35 mm / 106 minutes

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Feature /Best Scriptwriter: Deepa Mehta (Scriptwriter)

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A complex, emotionally turbulent psychological drama that repeatedly breaks into flights of fantasy, 'Heaven On Earth' by acclaimed director Deepa Mehta reflects its creator's impatience with the ordinary and mundane, in portraying an abusive marriage amongst the Indian community of Ontario, Canada. Chand (Preity Zinta) is a middle-class girl, who enters into an arranged marriage with Rocky (Vansh Bhardwaj), an Indian émigré, living in Canada. Following a lavish ceremony, we follow Chand as she begins her new life abroad. But the dream soon turns sour as Rocky and his mother conspire to make Chand's life hell, through violence and abuse. But when a friend gives Chand a magical tree root, claiming it will make Rocky fall in love with her, it exerts a strange and powerful magic which leads Chand into a mysterious parallel existence of marital bliss…



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