The thread of the story is simple yet hard and merciless. Far from the usual Kollywood clichés, Paradesi draws its inspiration from real facts described in the book 'Red Tea' written by Paul Harris Daniel in 1969. The book relates about the author's encounters with turned-slaves workers in Madras state tea plantations during the British Colonies. As you have probably understood, this is a drama not a comedy, so not for the faint-hearted.
Tamil cinema odyssey starts in 1916, only 3 years after the first shots of Hindi movies. At that time of course, there were only silent movies like all over the world, yet the Tamil production begins with Nataraja Mudalyar, recently back from London. He is the first Tamil director and producer with his movie 'Kichavathanam'.