1947: Earth (1999)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 47 mins

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Loosely based on Bapsi Sidhwa's novel, 'Cracking India', this movie dramatically captures the upheaval and turmoil faced by people in Lahore, directly before and during the partition of India in 1947. A young girl with polio, Lenny (Maia Sethna), narrates the story through the voice of her adult self (Shabana Azmi). She is from a wealthy Parsi family who hopes to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in the area. She is adored and protected by her parents, Bunty (Kitu Gidwani) and Rustom (Arif Zakaria) and is cared for by her Ayah, a beautiful Hindu woman, Shanta (Nandita Das). Two men Dil Navaz, the Ice-Candy Man (Aamir Khan) and Hassan, the Masseur (Rahul Khanna) are Muslim and in love with Shanta. Shanta, Dil, and Hassan are part of a small group of friends from different faiths (some of whom work for Lenny's family) who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.

Cast: Aamir Khan, Babby Singh, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna

Crew: Deepa Mehta (Director), Giles Nuttgens (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

Release Dates: 10 Sep 1999 (India)

Hindi Name: अर्थ

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Did you know? This movie is considered one of the finest films to come out of Hindi Cinema, and was even nominated at the Oscars for best foreign film. Read More
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as Dil Navaz
as Yousaf
as Shanta
as Hassan, the Masseur
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as Rustom Sethna
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as Bunty Sethna
as Imam Din
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as Butcher
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as Muchoo
as Hariya / Himmat Ali
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as Papoo
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as Narrator
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as Toto Ramji
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Direction

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: T-Series
01 
05:31
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: AR Rahman
02 
05:15
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Hariharan
03 
04:50
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Sujata Trivedi, Srinivas
04 
04:50
05 
04:04
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh
06 
05:15
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram
07 
04:06
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, Srinivas
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01:53
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04:08
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Playback Singer: Sadhana Sargam
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Trivia:
This movie is considered one of the finest films to come out of Hindi Cinema, and was even nominated at the Oscars for best foreign film.

Deepa Mehta at first had titled the film " Ice Candy Man" . The film was to be made in English. Akshaye Khanna and Chandrachur Singh were signed for the lead roles. After a few month's they were replaced by Aamir Khan and Rahul Khanna.

Author Bapsi Sidhwa has a cameo at the end of the movie, as older Lenny.

The film was banned in Pakistan for political reasons. In India, the censor board made six cuts, including the sex scene.