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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 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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The film was India's 72nd submission to the Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Foreign Language Film, however the film did not get nominated. See more »

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Follows Fire (1996) See more »

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Raat Ki Dal Dal Hai
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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Deeply disturbing
29 May 2000 | by tupperiSee all my reviews

Deepa Mehta lets us in the opening scene the theme of her film as a small girl smashes a plate on the floor and asks her puzzled mother, "Can you break a country?" The film shows exactly how that happens. The first half of the film depicts an idyllic society. The scenes in the park are reminiscent of Eden, as the nurse Shanta holds court amongst her Hindu, Muslim and Sikh suitors. The kite-flying scene is probably the lightest-hearted in the picture. But gradually the cracks start to appear, driving apart friends and lovers. The hatred which spreads as partition of the country approaches is shown to be a madness coming from deep within the human heart, which twists and deforms relationships. The worst betrayal in this film results from an irreconcilable confusion of loyalties in a trusting heart. This film presents a disturbing but authentic picture of human nature.

The score by A.R. Rahman is a powerful blend of Indian and western film music, lightening the joyous moments (such as the kite-flying scene) and deepening the foreboding in other scenes (such as the train of death).


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Country:

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Language:

Hindi | English

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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Opening Weekend USA:

$42,449, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$424,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,798
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