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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.

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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