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Partition: 1947

Partition: 1947

18 Aug, 2017
1 hrs 47 mins
1,319 votes
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After 300 years, the British Raj was coming to an end. For six months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film’s story unfolds within the Viceroy's House in Delhi, where Mountbatten lived upstairs with his wife and daughter, along with 500 of their Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh servants, who lived downstairs. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

Partition: 1947 tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India.
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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 []... ...Read full review
Making a film on the partition of India and Pakistan is a tricky undertaking, bound to invoke polarizing sentiments around the portrayal of each side. Gurinder Chadha is well aware of this predicament and chooses to weave this defining moment in our nation`s history around the singular uniting factor of love, and its various forms. ...Read full review
History is written by the victors. In the 340-room opulent Delhi house lives master of the countrys fate Lord Mountbatten, who has no clue about whats going inside it. Seemingly a misfit for the job, he has arrived in India to finalise its partition into two states, one for Hindus and Sikhs and the other for Muslims. ...Read full review
Gurinder Chadhas early films, in particular Bhaji on the Beach and Bend It Like Beckham, rank way up there on my list of what were once referred to as crossover films. However the same cannot be said of her latest period drama, Viceroys House, which is releasing in India in English and dubbed in Hindi as Partition: 1947. ...Read full review
Director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha embeds a fictionalized Hindu-Muslim love story in her faux-historical pastiche about the Partition of India and its horrific fallout. The result isn`t salutary. Instead of propelling the tale forward and lending it emotional traction, it turns out to be a spanner in the works. The low returns yielded by the furtive and fraught romance, which blossoms under the noses of the girl`s blind freedom fighter-father (Om Puri) and her pro-Jinnah fianc (Arunoday Singh), is symptomatic of much that is wrong with Partition: 1947. ...Read full review
Known for making films like Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham, director Gurinder Chadha, of Kenyan origin, brings you all a film that unmasks the hidden facts about the partition that happened during the supervision of the last viceroy of India, Lord Mount batten, in the year 1947. Chadha has been showing the contemporary lives of Indians residing in England so far in her films, but for the first time, she has tried her hand dabbling in history but has unfortunately failed to recreate the magic somehow. ...Read full review
Seventy years since India secured independence from the British Raj, it is known that the very moment wasn`t entirely a jubilant one. That millions lost their lives and even more, their homes and families when they were asked to pick sides, reduces the event to a horrific blotch in India`s history. Partition:1947 details the events that led to the defining decision that parted a nation and takes the creative liberty to tuck in a conspiracy theory about how the man responsible for this geographic amputation, wasn`t consulted about it. But since this isn`t a documentary, the maker is allowed to accommodate perspectives and ignore semantics, as long as the `material` makes for gripping cinema. ...Read full review