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Earth (1998)

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It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director:

Deepa Mehta

Writers:

Deepa Mehta, Bapsi Sidhwa (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Dil Navaz
Nandita Das ... Shanta
Rahul Khanna ... Hassan, the Masseur
Maia Sethna Maia Sethna ... Lenny Sethna
Babby Singh Babby Singh ... Yousaf
Kitu Gidwani ... Bunty Sethna
Raghuvir Yadav Raghuvir Yadav ... Hariya / Himmat Ali
Kabir Chowdhury Kabir Chowdhury ... Cousin Adi
Arif Zakaria ... Rustom Sethna
Eric Peterson ... Mr. Rogers (IG)
Gulshan Grover ... Mr. Singh
Lauren Walker Lauren Walker ... Mrs. Rogers
Cinia Jain Cinia Jain ... Mrs. Singh
Navtej Singh Johar Navtej Singh Johar ... Sher Singh
Pavan Malhotra ... Butcher
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Storyline

The movie opens in Lahore of 1947 before India and Pakistan became independent. It is a cosmopolitan city, depicted by the coterie of working class friends who are from different religions. The rest of the movie chronicles the fate of this group and the maddening religious that sweeps even this city as the partition of the two countries is decided and Lahore is given to Pakistan. Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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India | Canada

Language:

Hindi | English | Gujarati | Punjabi | Urdu

Release Date:

7 July 1999 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

1947: Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,449, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$528,972, 16 April 2000
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Dolby

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Color
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Naseerudin Shah was offered Kulbhushan Kharbanda's role but he politely declined, due to his busy schedule. However he told director Deepa Mehta that had he had time he would have definitely accepted the part as he admired her work. See more »

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Be prepared to have your guts ripped out
31 October 1999 | by neelvkSee all my reviews

This movie has attempted and succeeded at trying to get a handle on the brutal days of 1947 when British India was separated into independent India and Pakistan. I would suggest that this movie be a required viewing for anyone studying the past and present of these two countries. Lahore of 1947 is not very different from Sarajevo of the 90s. And this too is no fiction. Mayhem depicted in the movie is *very* tame compared to what actually happened. It is my ferevent hope that the people of India and Pakistan view this movie and hope "Never Again".


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