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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.

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A beautiful film. --CalgaryMovies.com

An accomplished film. --The Globe and Mail

Compelling. --Apollo Guide

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8L72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Partition" on IMDb

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 16, 2008
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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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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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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 about some of the things that happened to people and their families, so this film was of special interest to me. Beautifully filmed, excellent acting and a great story. Every Sunday I "escape" for a couple of hours by watching something I haven't seen before and this film was a great choice.
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I thought the story in this film was lovely. Definitely one of those ethnic "Romeo and Juliet" stories between an Indian Sikh man and a Muslim girl. That being said, there was no happy ending which is the one drawback of one of these films.
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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 differences outside of America......
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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 Moslim tendencies towards intolerance and violence. Stars Neve Campbell as an Englishwoman who tries to help.
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This is a hard movie to review because the performances by the leads are wonderful. The basic story or plot just doesn't come close to how well the cast tells the story. Placed against the division & creation of Pakistan is a story of a Sheik man & Muslum woman who in a very real way save each other. I can't give this movie a high enough rating or recommendation.
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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. I think more people should watch this movie and think about mans inhumane treatment of each other. Yet, through all of that in some there is a deep and heartfelt goodness and love of our fellow man. We should be striving toward that goodness and not away from it. I am hopeful that goodness will win out in the end, but that could just be the romantic in me. I hope I am wrong.
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