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Earth (1998)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 7 July 1999 (Belgium)
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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 ... 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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Drama | Romance | War

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India | Canada

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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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Trivia

Deepa Mehta at first had titled the film " Ice Candy Man" . The film was to be made in English. Akshaye Khanna and Chandrachur Singh were signed for the lead roles. After a few months they were replaced by Aamir Khan and Rahul Khanna. See more »

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How far have we come in 50 years?
5 April 2000 | by Akira-29See all my reviews

This question resonated in my mind as the credits rolled. The release of this movie came at a high point in India's history - 50 years after independence from the British.

As an Indian-born American this film had an intense emotional impact on me, as it did with my best friends sitting to my right and left - a Muslim and a Sikh. It seems melodramatic but we sat in our seats, tears in our eyes, stunned.

One of the things I look forward to after every movie going experience is the inevitable discussion that follows. All three of us were silent for almost half an hour. It dawned on us that we could have been the group of friends who were so close at the beginning only to be divided by our demons in the name of religion at the end.

As an aspiring film-maker, I would like to congratulate Deepa Mehta for her courage and determination in presenting such amazing human stories. In an industry where Bollywood sachharine seems to prevail, it is reassuring to see a true artistic voice strike a lyrical chord with the world.

She makes me proud to be Indian first and foremost.


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