THE 1947 PARTITION OVERLOOKED IN THE FIELD OF CINEMA
-S. Sibi
Partition of Indian & Pakistan in the year of 1947 is the only disturbing occurrence in Indian History which influenced all the facets of Social Science - History, Civics, Geography and Economics.
Movies being a potent medium to convey the social plight, few movie makers have successfully portrayed them over celluloid too. Some are the adaptation from Novels where protagonist\'s life seems to be majorly impacted by aftermath and some taking Partition itself as a central theme with everyone playing their role.
Populated here is the list of films which are based on or inspired from the same tragedy which shook the nation and left it bifurcated followed by a blood bath. Most of the Films can be categorized as fictitious tales whose story revolves around the days before and after the mayhem.
A Thin Wall (2015):
A THIN WALL is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, A THIN WALL is a personal take on Partition rooted in stories passed down from one generation to another. The filmmakers are descendants of families torn apart by Partition. The film is also a work of art infused with original animation, music and literary writing. \'Mara Ahmed\'s A THIN WALL is akin to a beautiful and powerful book of essays: many voices sharing poetic, personal, and political stories and viewpoints, woven together to convey a universal aching. It is a textural and tangible journey that captures a profound sense of loss for more than one generation.
Bhowani Junction (1956):
The year is 1947; the British are on the verge of finally leaving India. Amongst the few who are sorry to see the British leave are the Anglo-Indians, half British and half Indian, for they are going to miss the patronage of their white cousins, the job reservations, and the important status and positions they currently hold. This tale depicts the 1947 partition and subsequent riots in a masterful manner sticking to its plot at the same time gets out the essence of true Indian history without exploiting its sanctity.
Bipasha (1962):
A son\'s frantic search for his mother. A wife\'s desperate search to get back her husband. A father\'s endless repentance for his mis-deeds. A revolt against society\'s empty rituals & rules. The above plotlines are all intertwined in this piece of art as well as they are all set in the backdrop of the British withdrawing from India and during the 1947 partition.
Gandhi (1982):
In this biographical drama of Gandhi\'s devotion to the independence of India, Gandhi\'s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. The partition of India is a minor part in the film, yet with major importance

Conclusion:
The partition of India and the associated bloody riots inspired many creative minds in India and Pakistan to create literary/cinematic depictions of this event. While some creations depicted the massacres during the refugee migration, others concentrated on the aftermath of the partition in terms of difficulties faced by the refugees in both side of the border. Even now, more than 60 years after the partition, works of fiction and films are made that relate to the events of partition.


http://www.1947partitionarchive.org/films_videos
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gandhi/