FILM ‘PARTITION : 1947’ REVELS AN UNTOLD CHAPTER FROM HISTORY :

Filmmaker Gurinder Chadhacouldn’t control her tears at the music launch of her upcoming film, ‘Partition: 1947’ (titled ‘Viceroy’s House’ in English), which delves into the untold story behind India-Pakistan’s Partition in 1947.  Starring the late Om PuriHuma QureshiGillian AndersonHugh Bonneville and Manish Dayal to name a few, the historical drama sheds light on the lesser-known events that led to India’s Independence under Lord Mountbatten, who was the last viceroy of the British-Indian empire. Gurinder explained, “This film will tell you the real reason behind the Partition; it will unveil the agenda of the British. It’s not often that a movie tells us about our own history and also offers a twist in the tale. I had access to top secret documents in the British library; I have done extensive research for this project.”   Unable to hide her emotions, she revealed, “For someone who grew up in the shadow of Partition, to make a film like this in India is a big deal for me. As a little girl sitting in England, my naani ma told me terrible stories about Partition. I never imagined that one day, I will send a message to the world. You want your children to live in a world where people respect and love each other.” Produced by Reliance Entertainment and co-produced by Pathe Films and BBC, the movie releases on August 18. Given the nature of the period film and its ability to evoke varied emotions – both painful and celebratory — only music could have embodied its spirit and merged the two.  AR Rahman, who has composed the music, said, “It was challenging to complement the film’s emotional and rousing scenes with the right kind of score. Initially, I was not sure, but when Gurinder showed me the film, I got to know a lot of facts about the incident that I didn’t know. That fascinated me.” Singers Hariharanand Hans Raj Hans were also present at the do along with Huma.  Shibasish Sarkar, COO, Reliance Entertainment, added, “15th August 1947 was a day of celebration as well as a painful journey for millions of people, who lost everything in Partition. The film, besides being our tribute to them, is also an attempt to showcase an untold part of history.”  The Times  of  India : 6th. July,17

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