s we celebrate our 75th Independence Day on the 14th of August, let us also take a moment to remember the horror stories of mass massacres and the sacrifices of our ancestors. The partition of the Indian Subcontinent in 1947 uprooted millions, forcing them to leave their homes, lives, and loved ones behind. These poignant stories have been captured in various art forms, including paintings, literature, theatre, short films, and cinema. Here, we present some heart-wrenching movies and series that allow us to feel the essence of those sacrifices and be even more grateful for our beautiful country.
Dastaan (TV Series)
“Dastaan” is a Pakistani TV series based on the novel “Bano” by Razi Butt. Originally aired on HUM TV in 2010, the show revolves around the partition of the Indian Subcontinent, leading to the creation of Pakistan. The story follows Bano, a young girl from a close-knit Muslim family in pre-1947 era. As she dedicates her life to the All-India Muslim League, the series portrays the trials and tribulations she faces during the historical Indo-Pak partition.
Home1947 (Short Film Series)
“Home1947” is a series of seven short films by the renowned filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. It commemorates the 70th anniversary of the largest mass migration in history, which occurred during the creation of India and Pakistan. The series offers a deeply personal perspective on this collective story, giving a human face to the refugee crisis through drama and documentary films, gallery installations, and a reimagining of a century-old house that recreates the long-lost sights, sounds, and smells of millions’ once-called home.
“Jinnah” is an epic biopic that portrays the events surrounding the liberation and Partition of the subcontinent. Directed by Jamil Dehlavi, the film focuses on the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the beloved founder of Pakistan, with Christopher Lee delivering a remarkable performance in the coveted role. This tear-jerking film has left audiences deeply moved, making it a perfect choice for an Independence Day watch.
“Hangor” narrates the heroic action of the Pakistan Navy Submarine S131 Hangor during the 1971 war. The telefilm commemorates the bravery of the Pakistan Navy, resulting in a significant enemy defeat in their waters. Hangor’s strategic journey back to the Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi was a historic event, as it marked the first and only successful kill by a conventional submarine after World War II, bringing immense pride to the nation and the Pakistan Navy.
Ramchand Pakistani (Film)
“Ramchand Pakistani” (2008), directed by Mehreen Jabbar, chronicles real events and portrays the lives of common people after the partition. The movie revolves around the story of Ramchand, a 7-year-old Pakistani Hindu boy, and his father, who accidentally cross the border and spend years in an Indian jail, leaving the mother clueless about their whereabouts. The film beautifully captures the emotions of waiting and the impact of partition on ordinary lives.
These heart-wrenching movies and series provide a poignant glimpse into the painful history of partition, urging us to remember the sacrifices of our ancestors and cherish the freedom we enjoy today.