5 must-watch Bollywood films on the Partition

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 2:52pm IST | Place: undefined | Agency: dna webdesk

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It is that time of the year again when we are all set to celebrate Independence Day. There have been numerous incidents, rather a sequence of events that helped us achieve freedom from colonial British rule. But the incidents during and in the aftermath of the Partition still invoke a feeling of horror for the massive loss of lives and property. It also created a huge chasm between India and Pakistan that has not been bridged till date. 

On the eve of Independence Day, we bring you 5 memorable films that chronicle the troubling period of the Partition.

Gadar: Ek Prem Katha:

A poignant love story set in the backdrop of the India-Pakistan Partition, the film effectively brought about the nuances of the events during this period on screen. The torture, the battle for freedom, the loss of lives and the seeds of hatred sown between the two communities, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha attempted to stand as a testament for all this and much more.


The Partition not only divided the two countries and communities, it rendered many homeless and several family members estranged. An epic tale that dealt with the sensitive issue of estranged wives and children in the aftermath of the Partition, Chhalia touched many hearts. 

Garm Hava:

The Partition brought in a sense of identity crisis for many, with people of that time finding it confusing to call themselves 'Indians' or 'Pakistanis'. Bringing out the dilemma through the lead protagonist, Garm Hava's brilliant portrayal of the theme was well appreciated. The sequence of the disintegration of the protagonist's family is extremely moving. 


Unlike others, this was more of a short TV series that beautifully captured the exodus of the Partition on screen. Poignant and gruesome, it exposed the political hostility between the nations and also brought about the compassionate side of humanity that still existed in some.


The film brought in the flavour of the Partition, especially in the scene where Urmila Matondkar's parents refused to accept her back, fearing an onslaught on the family. It portrayed the emotions of love, despair, angst and the fear of living in a time where people were forced to sacrifice their own family members. 

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