The world has been waiting for Huma Qureshi’s Hollywood debut film, Viceroy’s House to release in India. Well, wait no more, because the movie will be releasing on August 18 as Partition:1947.
The film, as the title suggests, will touch upon the very sensitive subject of the great divide that took place in 1947 under the reign of the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, who was also in charge of overlooking the transition of British-ruled India to a free country. But, the director Gurinder Chadha (of Bend it like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and The Mistress Of Spices fame) tells the story of the people who haplessly fell victim to it, which is a story that resonates with millions who had endured or heard from their elders, including the director Gurinder Chadha as well.
We were at the music launch of the movie today, and during the screening of one of the music videos from the movie, we were SHOCKED to find the director, who burst into tears once the video concluded. She reasoned her sudden emotional outburst by saying “I’m one of those who has lived under the shadow of partition. Making a film like this and being present in India for the film is really a big deal. I think the film shows a lot of pain in the world, not just of back then but also of today. We begin to fear for our children, given all the pain and hate that is around. I have two small children and I would want them to live in a world where people love and respect each other. I had never imagined as a little girl who grew up hearing all these stories from her grandmother that one day I will be making this film with such a beautiful and capable cast. I think that’s the reason behind me being emotional”
Partition:1947, a Gurinder Chadha directorial, starring Huma Qureshi and Om Puri, is all set to release on the 18th of August.