Heaven on Earth
Winter 2009 Edge series
Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 4:00pm
Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 7:00pm
Directed by Deepa Mehta
Screenplay by Deepa Mehta
Starring Preity Zinta, Balinder Johal, Vishal Bhardwaj, Geetika Sharma
Rated 14A ·
Punjabi and English
In Heaven on Earth, acclaimed director Deepa Mehta highlights the isolation and disappointment faced by a family of Punjabi immigrants to Canada.
When Chand (played by Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta) arrives in Brampton, Ontario to meet her new husband, she leaves behind a loving family and supportive community. Now, in a new country, she finds herself living in a modest suburban home with seven other people and two part-time tenants. Inside the home, she is at the mercy of her husband’s temper, and her mother-in-law’s controlling behaviour.
After a magic root fails to transform her husband into a kind and loving man, Chand takes refuge in a familiar Indian folk tale featuring a King Cobra.