Critically acclaimed Tamil period-drama Paradesi, directed by Bala has got a magnificent opening at Tamil Nadu Box Office. In the first weekend, it has raked in Rs.4.86 crore in the state. “The Rs.40 crore budget film collected approximately Rs.4.86 crore in its opening weekend in Tamil Nadu,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS. Directed by Bala Pazhanisaamy, Paradesi is based on the novel ‘Red Tea’. It narrates the sufferings of tea plantation workers of pre-independent India. The film features Atharva Murali, Vedhika Kumar and Dhansika in the lead roles. It released all over March 15. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap bought the distribution rights and released the film in north and central India. It was released with English subtitles. At the recently announced 60th National Awards, Paradesi pocketed one award for the best costumes by Poornima Ramaswamy.