New Delhi- Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, who has told of the events that led to India’s Partition, through her forthcoming film “Partition: 1947”, says she is confident that Mahatma Gandhi would have loved the film as it is in sync with his philosophies.
“When I finished the film and I looked at it, I realised that it is a film that Gandhiji would have liked. It is totally on Gandhiji’s philosophy. He was completely sidelined by that point (of Partition),” the British filmmaker of Sikh origin told IANS.
It is a story that is deeply personal to Gurinder, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the British Raj came to an end. The film narrates story of the trauma that people went through due to the division, and how it changed their life.
Gurinder has shown the role of Lord Mountbatten. She took lead from Narendra Singh Sarila’s book “The Shadow of the Great Game” for film. Looking back, Gurinder said: “It was very hard (making the film). There were times when I used to get upset, and there were times when I felt like ‘I don’t think I can make this film’. It is so upsetting.”
She says she would pause for sometime, but “every time I halted, something came and pushed me to the next day. “In India, the whole film relied on whether we got Umaid Bhawan as a location because it is a very busy hotel and they said that you will not get it. But we got the location.”
The Indian and Pakistani cast of the project, which released internationally as “Viceroy’s House”, is led by Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and the late Om Puri. The roles of the principal political leaders are played by Tanveer Ghani (Jawaharlal Nehru), Denzil Smith (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) and Neeraj Kabi (Mahatma Gandhi).
The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, Gillian Anderson as his wife Lady Mountbatten, Lily Travers as their daughter Pamela, and Michael Gambon and Simon Callow as key civil servants.
The film examines the division of the country through the prism of a marriage -- that of Mountbatten and Edwina Mountbatten -- and a romance -- that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia.
It is scheduled to release in India on August 18.
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