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Partition

Synopsis
An intense drama based around the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and the transfer of power from British to Indian hands. Based on Saadat Hussan Manto’s famous short story about partition, McMullen’s film focuses on the historical footnote that inmates of lunatic asylums were also transferred - Muslims to asylums in Pakistan, Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan to India. The film is set in both an asylum on the border and the conference rooms of the rulers, and the same actors play both the rulers and the inmates of the asylum, with events in the asylum mirroring the actions of the ruling order. The film’s structure is complemented by superb cinematography and set design and the cast list reads like a who’s who of Indian acting talent.

DVD extras include: Audio commentary from director Ken McMullen and writer Tariq Ali; Interviews with Tariq Ali and Saeed Jaffrey. English & French subtitles.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1987
Notes
UK 1987
Length / Main Feature: 78 minutes
Length / Special Feature: 60 minutes
Sound: Original stereo
Black & White and Colour
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 full frame
Language: English
Subtitles: French On/Off
PAL R0
RRP: £12.99
DVD Release Date: 27th August 2007
Subjects
History; Literature; Politics & government; Religious studies; Film Studies
Keywords
British Empire; India; mental hospitals; Pakistan; literature - 20th century; political geography

Credits

Director
Ken McMullen
Writer
Sadat Hasan Manto; Tariq Ali
Cast
John Shrapnel 
Roshan Seth 
Saeed Jaffrey 
Zia Mohyeddin 
Zohra Segal 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
78 minutes
Year
2019

Distributor

Name

Moviemail

Web
https://www.simplyhe.com/3000-moviemail External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
UK
Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website
Name

Second Run DVD

Email
info@secondrundvd.com
Web
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Phone
020 8324 2400
Address
12 Chessing Court
Fortis Green Road
London
N10
Notes
A niche-market video label and distributor, specialising in being the first to release important and award-winning films from around the world. Sale via online shop or retail outlets.

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