Verdict: See what our history books never spoke about.
The nation celebrated its 70th Independence Day just two days ago and while the country rejoiced in happiness, director Gurinder Chadha, with Partition: 1947, showed us that even years later, certain scars can still hurt. Based on the true events that occurred during the partition and the separation of the director from her own family comes this movie which will take you back in time and show you the history all over again.
The last Viceroy, Sir Mountbatten, along with his wife Edwina and daughter Pamela, is transferred to India for a smooth transition of the country into an independent nation. The three put all their will and power in bringing about a change but they soon realize things are not that easy when they see Hindus and Muslims fighting amongst themselves over religion and a different nation that has been promised to them by Mohammed Ali Jinnah. While on one hand, Gandhi thinks the formation of Pakistan isn't a good idea, on the other, Nehru thinks it will give them safety. The argument continues for a while before the Mountbatten Plan is finally executed, halfway meeting Jinnah's demands. Soon you realize that everyone has been played but it's too late because the partition has been announced and thousands of lives are already lost.
In the midst of all this is a love story of two childhood friends, Aaliya Noor (Huma Qureshi) and Jeet Kumar (Manish Dayal) who get separated due to the circumstances but cross paths in the Viceroy's house while working as maid servants; only to drift apart once again. The love story, without hindering with the main plot, is extremely crisp and shows the genuine struggle of people during partition.
Hugh Bonneville delivers a fantastic performance as Mountbatten and so does Gillian Anderson, who plays the role of Edwina. Huma and Manish's chemistry is praise worthy but scenes with Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi are what steal the show. Not to forget, Om Puri, who plays Aaliya's father in the movie, gives a very fine performance. He not only makes you nostalgic but also emotional for this could be the last time you see him onscreen.
What we love about the movie was how perfectly the essence of 1940s has been captured. Although the plot is not flawless, the choice of location and shots are very well taken. Right from the Viceroy's house, which, by the way, is jaw dropping, to the partition showing Karachi and India after independence, everything is near to perfection. Also, A.R. Rahman's composition adds more flavor to the curry.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Partition: 1947 takes you 70 years back in time giving you a tour of independence and evoking the patriotic side of you. Not only will it move you but it will also make you realize the absence of Om Puri and what the industry has lost. While the movie may not cater to everybody's liking, the 1-hour 47-minute film covers everything from your history textbook and then some more. This is a must watch for every Indian.
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