Partition (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  2 February 2007 (Canada)
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During the turmoil and violence of Partition, a Sikh ex-soldier, haunted by war, offers shelter to a young Muslim woman who has been separated from her family.


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Credited cast:
Gian Singh / Mohammad Hassan
Margaret Stilwell
Walter Hankins
Avtar Singh
Shanti Singh
Arya Babbar ...
Akbar Khan
Lushin Dubey ...
Mumtaz Khan
Zakir Khan
Andrew Stilwell
Vijay G. Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dolly Ahluwalia ...
Darshan Aulakh ...
Man #1
Baljinder Bhangu ...
Policeman #1


Gian Singh & Avtar Singh are officers with the Indian Army serving under the command of Andrew Stilwell, who lives with his sister, Margaret, in Delhi. During 1941 the trio are dispatched to active duty in Burma where Andrew is killed. Both Gian and Avtar return to their village in Sarsa, Punjab, where Gian lives with his widowed mom, Shanti. During 1947, after 350 years of occupying India, the British decide to leave, but not before separating Islamic Pakistan and secular India. Millions of Muslims crossed from India to Pakistan, while an equal number of Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians crossed over from the other side. A group of Muslims who were crossing over to Pakistan are attacked by a mob of sword wielding horse-riding Sikhs, and Hindus, including Avtar, many are slaughtered, but some do manage to escape. Muslims, in turn, kill all Hindus, Sikhs and Christian passengers on a train en-route to India. While Gian, who refuses to participate in any killing, is picking up wood for his ... Written by rAjOo (

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pakistan | sikh | muslim | india | love | See All (7) »


Two Faiths. Two Worlds. One Love. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 2007 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Destiny's Bride  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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(European Film Market)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Neve Campbell who played the role of Margaret is shown to be good friends with John Light (II) in the movie. Shortly, after the release of the movie in 2007 they got engaged and later married that year. They are now divorced since May 2011. See more »

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Gorgeous film dealing with a marvelous love story under historical background
17 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Gian Singh (Jimi Mistry) and Avtar Singh (Irrfan Khan)are Indian officers with the British Army serving under the command of Andrew Stilwell (Moss), who lives with his sister, Margaret,(Neve Campbell) in New Delhi . During 1941 the trio find in Burma where Stilwell is murdered . Both of them go back to their small village in Punjab, where Gian meets his widowed mother (Jaffrey) . During 1947, after 350 years of occupying India, the British decide to leave and concede independence . Millions of Muslims crossed from Pakistan to India and vice versa , similar number of Hindus, and Sikhs crossed over from the other side. A group of Muslims who were crossing over to Pakistan are attacked by a bunch of sword wielding horse-riding Sikhs, and Hindus, including Avtar (Khan), many are massacred, but some do manage to getaway. Muslims, in turn, murder all Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs passengers on a train en-route to India. Meantime , Gian, who refuses to collaborate in any slaughter , is picking up wood , he comes across a young Muslim girl names Naseem (Kristin Kreuk), in sheltering , and decides to hide her . He brings her home with him, and shelter her . But the villagers do find out, while some want to outrightly murder her, others want her to leave . Gian asks the villagers to give him some time to find her family from Pakistan and then send her on her trace , to which they agree . Later on , Gian seeks the help of Walter Hankings (John Light) and Margaret, who does her best to liaise with the Ministry of Unification of Families . In the meantime, Naseem (Kreuk) befriends people , adapts herself to the village life, and soon Gian and Naseem fall in love with each other.

It's an enjoyable romance/drama story where duo protagonist is awesome . In an epic and moving tale , as the starring fight the forces that haunt their innocent love, taking on the risks to survive in a world surrounded by hatred . The script relies heavily on the relationship between the two starring but it doesn't originate boring . It's a brilliant romantic story and though is slow-moving isn't tired . Kristin Kreuk is gorgeous with her sweet and attractive countenance. Jimi Mistry is magnificent as ex-officer looking for help and inspiration on the beautiful girl. Lush cinematography woven into a rich and exotic tapestry by the same director Sarin . Sensitive, sensible score, including a musical leitmotif with Hindu motives by Brian Tyler . The picture is finely directed by Vic Sarin , he is an usual director for TV and occasionally for cinema , ¨Partition¨ is the best of them.

The motion picture is correctly based on historic events , these are the following : The actual division between the two new dominions was done according to what has come to be known as the 3 June Plan or Mountbatten Plan.The border between India and Pakistan was determined by a British Government-commissioned report usually referred to as the Radcliffe Line after the London lawyer, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who wrote it. During 1947, after 350 years of occupying India, the British decide to leave, but not before separating Islamic Pakistan and secular India. Millions of Muslims crossed from India to Pakistan, while an equal number of Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians crossed over from the other side .Pakistan came into being with two non-contiguous enclaves, East Pakistan (today Bangladesh) and West Pakistan, separated geographically by India. India was formed out of the majority Hindu regions of the colony, and Pakistan from the majority Muslim areas. Countries of Modern Indian sub-continent . On 18 July 1947, the British Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act that finalized the partition arrangement. A crowd of Muslims at the Old Fort (Purana Qila) in Delhi, which had been converted into a vast camp for Muslim refugees waiting to be transported to Pakistan. Manchester Guardian, 27 September 1947.The newly formed governments were completely unequipped to deal with migrations of such staggering magnitude, and massive violence and slaughter occurred on both sides of the border. Estimates of the number of deaths range around roughly 500,000, with low estimates at 200,000 and high estimates 1.000.000.

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