Darkness (1986)
"Tamas" (original title)

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This TV miniseries ("Darkness" in English) became famous in India in the mid/late 80s for its realistic depiction of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. In 1947, the sub continent ... See full summary »

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This TV miniseries ("Darkness" in English) became famous in India in the mid/late 80s for its realistic depiction of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. In 1947, the sub continent became India, East (now Bangladesh) and West Pakistan (today's Pakistan). The series pretended to keep memories and truths about the partition alive, at a time when many Indians and Pakistanis seemed to be forgetting this historical tragedy. The miniseries became a landmark 297 minute, 35mm film, now shown mostly at Indian Film Festivals. The film is based on the book by Brisham Sahni, himself a refugee to India from West Punjab, now in Pakistan. Thus fittingly, this epic looks at Partition from an Indian Punjabi perspective, as the fate of Sikh and Hindu families in West Punjab is emphasized. The first part also underscores the Muslim viewpoint: the provocations they suffered from Sikhs and especially Hindus, and their ultimate supremacy in the West Punjab, which became the heart of Pakistan. The "... Written by ElianaM

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Indian art at its zenith
20 August 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Since the story of this 'movie' has already been discussed in detail I would only talk about the cinematic aspect. I give it perfect ten because it is a rare Indian movie with perfect script writing, acting, direction, cinematography and background score. The story involves you intensely right from the first scene. The most incredible part is that inspite of the slow pace you cannot get off the screen for a minute. This masterpiece also proves that a good and organic story can be cleverly shot on an ultra low budget and still can be an eye catcher like the big budget movies. Hats off to Govind Nihlani, Bhishm Sahni, Om Puri, Deepa Sahi and everyone involved. I will not even talk about the story content here since I would want everyone to watch this. Just a small note - this series gives the most realistic depiction of the origin of all political ideologies in India. PS: I watched it as a for part movie in one sitting and so have given the perspective of a movie.


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