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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Rivers of Blood and Tears through Movies

GVS collected a number of classics from across South Asia looking at the partition, consequences on those affected and how it changed lives for so many forever.

Kartar Singh 1959

Rivers of Blood and tears Movies

Pakistani Punjabi film about the partition involving Indian wrestler Kartar Singh. The film was a hit in Indian Punjab as well and shown for three years.

Actors: Alauddin, Suddir, Musarat Nazir

Director: Saifuddin Saif

Amar Rahe Ye Pyar 1961


A partition story focusing on a family that loses their child and the woman who finds him.

Actors: Rajendra Kumar, Nalini Jaywant, Nanda

Director: Prabhu Dayal

Gandhi Film 1982


Film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Actors: Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen, Trevor Howard

Director: Richard Attenborough

Jinnah 1998

Rivers of Blood and tears Movies

Pakistani-British biographical feature on Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Director: Jamil Dehlavi

Starring: Christopher Lee, James Fox, Shashi Kapoor

Read more: Jinnah: great film to watch for facts on Indo-Pak partition

1947: Earth 1999


Indian film based in Lahore at the time of partition in 1947.

Director: Deepa Mehta

Starring: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna

Khamosh Pani 2003


Indo-Pakistani film about widowed mother and her son living in a Punjabi village as it undergoes changes during the late 70s.

Actors: Kiran Kher, Shilpa Shukla, Adnan Shah Tipu

Director: Sabhia Sumar

Partition 2007


A Canadian film set in 1947, focusing on the romance between a Sikh member of the British Army and a Muslim girl he has to bring to Pakistan.

Actors: Kristen Kreuk, Jimi Mistry

Director: Vic Sarin

Qissa 2013


A partition story focusing on the importance of lineage and gender.

Actors: Irfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Tisca Chopra

Director: Anup Singh

Viceroy’s House

Rivers of Blood and tears Movies

An English film focusing on Lord Mountbatten who must make a decision on the dissolution of the British Raj.

Actors: Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville, Huma Qureshi, Manish Dayal

Director: Gurindher Chadha

Read more: Viceroy House Is Revisionist History At Its Lowest Point

Manto 2018

Rivers of Blood and tears Movies

Indian biographical film on Indo-Pak Urdu writer Manto and his life during partition.

Actors: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rajsheri Deshpande

Director: Nandita Das