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Partition (2007)

Jimi Mistry , Kristin Kreuk , Vic Sarin  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jimi Mistry, Kristin Kreuk, Neve Campbell, John Light, Irfan Khan
  • Directors: Vic Sarin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8L72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Partition" on IMDb

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Even in a land ravaged by hatred, fear and intolerance, the seeds of love can still find nourishment to take root and blossom. It is 1947, and amidst the chaos and bloodshed unleashed when India and Pakistan are split into separate states, Sikh and former soldier Gian (Jimi Mistry) risks everything to save Naseem (Kristin Kreuk) a young Muslim woman, from a violent mob. Soon, love builds a bridge between their two worlds, healing the wounds in both their hearts. But how long can their joy last when religious zealots try to tear them apart forever? With its rich tapestry of stories and characters based on real people and events, Partition is a moving and timeless tale of innocent people struggling to find happiness in treacherous times.


A beautiful film.

An accomplished film. --The Globe and Mail

Compelling. --Apollo Guide

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Partition refers to the British empire's partitioning of India into India and Pakistan [and subsequently the forming of the nation of Bangladesh, out of part of Pakistan]. It has been the subject of numerous books and movies, and is truly a tragic period in history.

The movie here centers around Gian [Jimi Mistry], a Sikh who served in WWII, and who is haunted by memories of his friend Walter, who was a war casualty. Gian returns to India to find a nation torn apart by hostilities between Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, and teetering on civil war [which eventually led to partition]. He returns to his little village in Punjab where his old battle comrade, Avtar [Irfan Khan, who played the role of the father in Namesake] leads a group of Sikh villagers to massacre Muslims on their way to migrating to Pakistan. Avtar justifies it as part of the 'war effort', but Gian wants no part in it.

Things get more complicated when a Muslim girl, Naseem [played by Kristin Kreuk] escapes the massacre and is eventually found and sheltered by Gian, earning him the ire of the villagers. Gian and Naseem predictably end up being romantically entangled, but things are not all rosy for the pair. The rest of the story deals with the aftermath of Gian and Naseem's relationship amidst the turmoil of Partition.

Though a lot of the plot seems a bit contrived and predictable, the main actors, esp Mistry's Gian and Kreuk's Naseem, do a credible job of fleshing out the characters. I was initially perturbed by the choice of Kreuk as a Muslim-Pakistani woman, but she pulls it off with aplomb, in fact is quite credible in her portrayal! She conveys scenes of raw emotion with great skill, as does Mistry.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The '07 film `Partition' is a bittersweet romance set against the backdrop of the bloody civil war in India during the `40's. The violence between Muslim, Sikh and Hindi finally necessitated the partition of '47 creating the Muslim nation of Pakistan. The starcrossed lovers are Jimi Mistry in the role of the disillusioned Gian and Kristen Kreuk as Naseem, a young Muslim girl Gian saves from death. As one might expect the two eventually fall in love, but can will they be accepted by a population consumed with hatred and distrust?

`Partition' is a very good but not great film about a time and a place Americans know little about. Here and there it reminds me of two of my favorite Hindi films; Pinjar (which also deals with the partition and marriage outside your faith) and Lagaan.This one is certainly not of the caliber of these two but on the positive side you don't have to read subtitles.

My Rating: Jimi Mistry delivers a strong performance as always and Kristen Kreuk shows she's more than just a pretty face. We worth a watch or two for the history lesson if nothing else: -4 Stars-.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find (in the US) but worth the search August 23, 2007
By Oshram
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Partition is a beautifully-shot and well-told love story, and this disc features a gorgeous transfer. The commentary (director Vic Sarin and actress Kristin Kreuk) is informative and interesting, and the making of featurette is long. The disc isn't cheap, but it's certainly worth the money; the film sparkles, even on a smaller screen, and the extras are well worth the price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Ordinarily, I find historical dramas to be boring, but when I learned in 2006 that this movie was being filmed I contacted Seville studios to find out when it would be released. Unfortunately, this important film was never released in the United States.

It's not often that one can learn about a historical event while enjoying the dramatic reenactment with very high-quality direction, acting, cinematography and music.

During production, the casting director was given a lot of guff for casting Kristin Kreuk as a Pakistani Muslim girl, but I'm here to tell you that she pulled it off and since she is Eurasian, fit into the part perfectly.

Oh, by the way, for those of you who only know her from her character Lana Lang on Smallville, Kristin is just as beautiful without makeup.

The film is a social commentary on the vagaries of people being judged by their ethnic origin rather than on WHO they are. This still goes on in all the Muslim countries (just look at the modern-day Sunnis/Shi'ites/Kurds in Iraq)

On top of an interesting story well told, there is also excellent cinematography and score that is just icing on the proverbial cake.

Buy this while it's available here on Amazon because the price will likely only go up in time.

UPDATE: 9/18/2007
As you can see, my prediction made back in July about the price (above) has come to fruition. That's quite a jump in price already!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Eye for an Eye MAKES the whole WORLD go BLIND March 23, 2008
By Cestmoi
An Eye for an Eye MAKES the whole WORLD go BLIND

The scenery is poetically beautiful. The colors are lively. The plot is touching. It has some twists. Some of its are predictable. The lead female character played by Kristin Kreuk is so lovely and gentle. Jimi Mistry is convincing in many scenes. I saw and felt the pain in his face in many scenes.

This is the right time to show this movie. Just like in the film, today people are killing one another in the name of religions. They don't tolerate one another. This picture shows that only love, tolerance and kindness can eliminate hatred and bring peace to us.

It's absolutely worth buying.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It starts out with great promise --beautiful photography and...
It starts out with great promise --beautiful photography and photogenic actors help. But soon lapses in cliche coupled with mostly mediocre acting, especially Mistry's frozen... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DRM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love most films on India
Published 3 months ago by Edda Koehn
4.0 out of 5 stars My impressions of the movie "Partition".
I really enjoyed this movie, my expectations were not overly high, I am definitely a Kristin Kreuk fan, so that was my reason for buying the movie, but I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Try
5.0 out of 5 stars Partition is AWESOME
This movie was great. It provoked an array of conflicting emotions but I was left with a sense that even in the most cruel circumstances love will always prevail. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Linda McVey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving...
From what the news has told us about the vast differences in societys , Kristen plays out a VERY moving message about the difficulties faced by women in peticular in the religious... Read more
Published 15 months ago by logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps tou understand why there is no peace in India.
It seems like a documentary written as a story. Hatred for Muslims vs Hindis, Sikihs and others.
I enjoyed the story line and got a history lesson at the same time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert G. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
A wonderful but tragic Storyline. Besides being a movie, it also gives historical Background Information on how Partition happended. Read more
Published 17 months ago by CG
3.0 out of 5 stars Partition
I purchised the dvd Partition and found this particular product to be in good condition but I wound to have like to known the actual dvd case was missing.
Published 20 months ago by Melissa Ann Lancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this film
I love any movie set in India and anything with Jimi Mistry. This lived up to my expectations. A very close friend of mine lived through the India/Pakistan split and told me... Read more
Published 23 months ago by PJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo, Juliet and Muslims
PARTITION--a really excellent--as in David Lean level-- epic about the creation of Pakistan and the forbidden love between a Sikh man and a Muslim woman that ends badly due to... Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by The Mysterious Traveler
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