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2 February 2007 (Canada) See more »
Two Faiths. Two Worlds. One Love. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jimi Mistry ... Gian Singh / Mohammad Hassan

Kristin Kreuk ... Naseem Khan

Neve Campbell ... Margaret Stilwell

John Light ... Walter Hankins

Irrfan Khan ... Avtar Singh

Madhur Jaffrey ... Shanti Singh
Arya Babbar ... Akbar Khan
Lushin Dubey ... Mumtaz Khan

Chenier Hundal ... Zakir Khan

Jesse Moss ... Andrew Stilwell

Jaden Rain ... Vijay G. Singh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dolly Ahluwalia ... Rani

Tony Ali ... Mullah
Darshan Aulakh ... Man #1
Baljinder Bhangu ... Policeman #1
Bhavna ... Woman #2
Maniki Deep ... Person in Crowd #1
Rupi Dhillon ... Singing Mother
Dhirendra ... Sharma

Jonathan Holmes ... News Reader
Sukhwinder Kaur ... Woman #1
Rajesh Khera ... Arjuna - Sarsa Villager

Thomas Kretschmann
Mina E. Mina ... Salim
Shraddha Nigam ... Manjula
Vinay Pathak ... Ram
Abdul H. Quadri ... Iman
Rupinder ... Man #2

Jasmine Sky Sarin ... Yasmine (as Jasmine Sarin)
Maya Sarin ... Maya Singh
Parvesh Sethi ... Policeman #2

Manoj Sood ... The Wood Gatherer

Parm Soor ... Pakistani Customs Officer
Sukrita ... Person in Crowd #2
Amar Talwar ... Khan
Dhruv Tripathi ... Vimal

Thomas Potter ... Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Vic Sarin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patricia Finn 
Vic Sarin 

Produced by
Tina Pehme .... producer
Kim Roberts .... producer
Chris Rudolph .... line producer
Christopher Zimmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Vic Sarin 
Film Editing by
Reginald Harkema 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Lynne Carrow 
Joginder Singh 
Meera Singh 
Production Design by
Amardeep Behl 
Tony Devenyi 
Art Direction by
Andy Amoroso 
Abid T.P. 
Set Decoration by
Sonal Choudhary 
Dina Holmes 
Costume Design by
Dolly Ahluwalia 
Jana MacDonald 
Makeup Department
Emma Clarke .... swing: makeup hair
Joel Echallier .... special makeup effects designer
Lori Gatto .... key hair stylist
Debi Lelievre .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Harish Amin .... production manager: India
Linda Sophie Chiu .... executive in charge: Myriad Pictures
Chris Rudolph .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Indivar Bhatia .... third assistant director: India
Alexia S. Droz .... second assistant director
Puneet Khanna .... trainee assistant director: India
Siddhartha Luther .... second assistant director: India
Carl Mason .... first assistant director
Sameer Sadhwani .... second assistant director: India
Tanya Tagman .... third assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Astifan .... props
Babu .... assistant set decorator: India
Sonal Choudhary .... set decorator: India
Dattu .... carpenter: India
Kevin Gillan .... construction foreman
Yashwant S. Kamble .... head painter: India
Christopher A.R. Lowe .... set dresser
Jeff MacIntyre .... construction coordinator
Julianne Manchur .... set dresser
Vakila Mann .... local: India
Nathalie Morin .... assistant set decorator (as Natalie Morin)
Chetan Vijay Pendakar .... painter: India
Vijay Karojo Pendakar .... painter: India
Cristina Peori .... lead hand painter
Pindi .... local: India
Ismail Sheikh .... prop buyer: India
Dena Skalin .... paint coordinator
Kevin Stephens .... construction coordinator
Dhruv Tripathi .... props master: India
Anil Vishwakarma .... carpenter: India
Kharbin Vishwakarma .... carpenter: India
Lawzari Vishwakarma .... head carpenter: India
Sunil Vishwakarma .... carpenter: India
Sound Department
Ken Biehl .... background sound effects editor
Craig George .... assistant sound
Tony Gort .... sound effects editor
Ken Lee .... boom operator (as Kenny Lee)
Ian Mackie .... foley artist
Roger Morris .... adr mixer
Roger Morris .... dialogue editor
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer
Roger Stafeckis .... sound mixer
Greg Stewart .... sound re-recording mixer
Vinod Subramanian .... sound mixer: second unit
Christopher Cleator .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Blacklock .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Dermot Shane .... visual effects supervisor
Madeleine Shane .... digital effects artist
Seán Travers .... digital compositor
Lauro Chartrand .... stunt coordinator
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Crystal Dalman .... stunt double
Babbu Khanna .... stunt coordinator
Jon Kralt .... stunt double
Chad Sayn .... assistant stunt coordinator
Chad Sayn .... stunts
Mahendra Verma .... stunt coordinator: India
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Albanese .... still photographer
Jeff Cassidy .... additional second assistant camera
Jason Chapman .... second assistant camera
Dan Chiasson .... grip
Jean Chiasson .... head grip
Himmat Deol .... grip
John Helme .... gaffer
Hamish Hollingsworth .... best boy
Fazal Khan .... best boy grip
Trin McQuair .... camera trainee
G. Monic Kumar .... focus puller: "b" camera
Sean Montgomery .... key grip
Shaki Nabi .... swing gang: India
Laird Pierce .... second assistant camera: "a" camera: India unit
Sanjay Sami .... key grip: India
Tobias Sarin .... focus puller: "a" camera
Jared Smith .... lighting technician
Katie Weekley .... second assistant camera
Brian Whittred .... camera operator: "a" camera
Casting Department
Melissa Perry .... casting associate
Dilip Shankar .... casting associate: India
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kajal Dhillon .... third assistant costumes: India
Veera Kapur .... costume chief assistant: India
Heera Lal .... first assistant costumes: India
Nalini .... second assistant costumes: India
Roopa .... costume assistant: India
Abhilasha Sharma .... office assistant costumes: India
Arun Singh .... office runner costumes: India
Editorial Department
Bonni Devlin .... post-production coordinator
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Frank Robinson .... hd colorist
Music Department
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Gary Krause .... music editor
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Keith Power .... technical score consultant
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Brian Tyler .... conductor
Other crew
S.M. Ferozeuddin Alameer .... production services: India
Elizabeth Amies .... locations key
Imtiaz Amir .... production accountant
Javed Ansari .... key set production assistant
Darshan Aulakh .... location manager: India
Paresh Behera .... assistant accountant
Chris Boettcher .... smoke artist
Mary-Ellen Dale .... first assistant accountant
Vincent Dela Luna .... assistant location manager
Jeannine Dupuy .... script supervisor
Gainda .... assistant location manager: India
Gurpreet Singh Giani .... animal wrangler: India
Darryl Griffiths .... assistant location manager
Anshul Gupta .... office production assistant: India
Neha Gupta .... production assistant: India
Stacey Harris .... assistant production coordinator
Saarrah Imtiaz .... payroll accountant: India
Aakash Kaushik .... production trainee: India
Marten Kayle .... assistant: Vic Sarin
Sandy McKechnie .... second assistant production coordinator
Guneet Monga .... production coordinator: India
Rahul Chandra Pal .... assistant coordinator: India
Virginia Prasad .... bookkeeper
Ritch Renaud .... location manager
Anureeta Saigal .... film coordinator: India
Arun Sharma .... assistant: Anureeta Saigal, India
Gurvinder Singh .... assistant location manager: India
Pramod Singh .... location manager: India
Karen Tony .... production accountant
Shelby Tony .... assistant accountant
Susan Trovao .... assistant to producer
Rohan Vachher .... office production assistant: India
Robyn Wiener .... production coordinator
Darcy Woodley .... animal trainer
Steve Woodley .... animal trainer coordinator
Carmen Bonnici .... special thanks
Brad Horvath .... thanks
Firdaus Kharas .... thanks

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Rated R for some violent and disturbing images
Germany:116 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:R

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The movie is dedicated in the memory of the Canadian skier Trinity McQuair who died in an unfortunate accident at the US resort of Mount Baker.See more »


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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Parition, 30 April 2007
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Purists who were up in arms about Chinese actresses playing Japanese characters like in Memoirs of the Geisha will probably flip again at the portrayals of Indians by non-Indian actors, and could cite again similar examples whether the country of origin lacked capable actors to pull the roles off (Of course not, this is Bollywood we're talking about, certainly no lack of actors). But hey, this is a Canadian production, and those detractors were likely to have some axe to grind with Hollywood-ized versions of such movies, leaving this movie alone. Or maybe the subject matter explored here outweighed such negative, meaningless, counterproductive thoughts and arguments.

Journeying back to the time of the British withdrawal from India, one of the policies introduced during the independence, is this little handiwork done by the British, which had the population at the time segregate themselves into Hindu India, and Muslim Pakistan. This led to migration of scores of people to either side of the partitioning, and with it came religious tensions, and mindless massacres from both sides. This movie through its narrative was no holds barred on this criticism, even though it too boiled down to misunderstandings and intolerance from both groups of people.

Partition is a movie that I recommend, even though it's draped with heavy melodrama. Perhaps it's because it's a Romeo and Juliet type of story, with our protagonists not from feuding families, but from different religions. Gian Singh (Jimi Mistry) is an ex-soldier serving in the British army, and in his retirement from war, he returns to his village to seek a certain peace from within, after making a decision during the war which he has yet come to terms with. One day, he rescues Naseem Khan (Kristin Kreuk) from a massacre by the Sikhs on the Muslims who were en route to Pakistan, and shields her from his fellow men when they bayed for her blood.

As you might have guessed, the two will fall in love amid the background of violence, and their love will transcend religion, culture, and intolerance. Or will it? There are two acts in this movie, which I thought the second was somewhat hastened, given the idyllic pace which the first had dwelled in, sharing its rich cinematography by writer-director Vic Sarin. The story's development too moved into its fastest gear, especially in the finale which was what one would expect, and yes there were sniffles amongst the audience. What I thought was treaded quite superficially (and I suppose it was perhaps on purpose) was the dealing of religion, that it can be flipped flopped so easily. Perhaps herein laid a message that love will transcend that as well, given that after all, God is also about love?

Like how The Namesake made me sit up and take notice of Kal Penn, Partition had the same effect for Jimi Mistry. Best known for his comedic The Guru role in which he plays a "sexpert", he's almost unrecognizable under that thick beard, and gave a very strong performance as a man haunted by his past, and finding a future with a loved one, willing to make extreme sacrifices for his family. Kristin Kreuk, in her second movie outing after her bimbotic role in Eurotrip, brings a more Smallville's Lana Lang-ish appeal to her character here, as she pines for the loves of her life, and lets those tears roll. No, she doesn't look a bit like your typical Pakistani girl, but yes, her beauty helps illuminate the screen. It's strange though to see her try her best to put on a believable accent, and mannerisms right down to head movements, but she looks good in those saris!

I was surprised to see Irfan Khan in a bit role here, having enjoyed his performance also in The Namesake, and Neve Campbell and John Light rounded up the supporting roles, with Neve's Margaret Stilwell a character whom I thought was a tragic one, no doubt if you interpreted as her still holding onto the candle for Gian, without him realizing, probably consciously aware that their status and skin colour are too different to have resulted in anything fruitful.

With a one track beautiful theme song, lush sceneries, and wonderful performances, Partition is a surprise of the week, and over here, it's two screen release doesn't do it much justice. Should you want to watch a love story set against a historical background which still has repercussions until this very day, then make it a point not to miss this.

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