India-Pakistan Partition has been a heavy incident in the rich history of our country. It segregated a very important part of the country. Today’s generation surely does not understand the worth of all these sacrifices our earlier generations suffered, all the blood shed during Independence and during the Partition.Families were separated and it has caused a very bad relation between these two countries who were once one. To make people know of the situation, condition and happenings of the Partition, Bollywood directors came up with movies to show versions of what happened back in 1947. Here are 5 movies which demonstrate these events:
- EARTH (1998) – (Released in India as “1947: EARTH”)
This Deepa Mehta movie is based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel “ ICE CANDY MAN”. The movie is essentially about the Partition, with the main storyline of a Parsi Family living in Lahore which is stuck between the regular conflicts between the Hindus and the Muslims.
- TRAIN TO PAKISTAN (1998)
The film is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Khushwant Singh. As it can be depicted by the title, the movie is about a train journey to Pakistan and illustrates the intense violence during that time.
- HEY RAM (2000)
“HEY RAM” was a very controversial movie directed, written and produced altogether by Kamal Haasan. There is a lot in the film regarding the partitions, as well as assassination of Gandhi. The film was sent to Oscar but did not do well at the Box Office.
- GADAR: EK PREM KATHA (2001)
The story revolves around a Sikh Man who rescues a Muslim Girl during the Partition. The movie stars Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel in lead roles while the main antagonist is Amrish Puri. Gadar was an immediate box office hit, and sold more tickets than any other film in history apart from the evergreen “Sholay”. Sunny Deol even earned a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category.
- PINJAR (2003)
Pinjar, released in 2003 was based on book of the same name written by Amrita Pritam. The main leads of the film were Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpayee. The film is basically about a Hindu woman kidnapped by a Muslim Family. The movie is set in the Partition era, where Hindu-Muslim rivalries were just beginning to grow.
These Movies tell a lot about the period in 1947, about how painful it was for the people to see the nation divide. We expect more Bollywood movies with some big star-cast so that people take more interest in the movie.