Wednesday, January 21, 2009


This film has potential, but it fails either as a historical film and a romantic one. Of course, Partition looks full of promises at the beginning, but as the story unfolds before your eyes, you may think with reason that Partition is over-rated. Although the love story is quite well played by Kristin Kreuk and Jimi Mistry, the film, as a whole, is an ineffective drama because the premise of religious intolerance is too thinly exploited.

In 1947, India gains independence from British colonial rule and a partition is imposed. From this partition, two countries will be created, which are India and Pakistan. Because of this, many people, depending of their religion, migrated either to what is now Pakistan or the area of Punjab. Unfortunately, on the road of the migration, many Sikhs or Muslims are killed. Hence the intolerance. After she escaped a massacre committed by Gian's (Jimi Mistry) fellow villagers, Naseem (Kristin Kreuk) is taken to Gian's home. Moreover, even though most villagers don't approve Gian's union with Naseem (same thing about her family), they end up falling in love for each other despite their religion.

First of all, the film enters very quickly into its topic, that is inter-faith tension between Sikhs and Muslims. Nevertheless, as the film advances, there are a few problems that we see. Partition relies more on its imageries rather than the dialogues. Speaking about the intolerance of some Sikhs toward Muslims (or the other way around), we don't need to have it spelled out to us to understand the supporting characters who live in the same village with Gian. After all, this is where the historical context comes to develop - albeit in a slightly caricatured and simplistic way - their perception of Muslims (the same thing can be said about Naseem's family). Honestly, the real problem comes when it comes to canvassing the relation between Gian and Naseem. In fact, the script does look like a corny and predictable love story in which you know that sooner or later, the two leading characters will fall in love in spite of the atrocious dialogues that don't tell you that much why Naseem and Gian are willing to forget the religious barriers between them.

Although the script is not that great and overrated, the movie has a few good things. The first thing is obviously the relatively nice cinematography. The second one is the enthusiasm that the cast (especially Kreuk and Mistry) puts at work despite the film's flaws. In fact, even though the dialogues are not inspiring, what makes this film still watchable for a certain category of people is that the chemistry between the two leading actors can really be felt.

All in all, if we look on a bright side, Partition can be taken as a film about the tender side of human nature when it comes to breaking racial/religious/ethnic barriers. However, the script needed to be re-worked and the part about the Second World War could have been taken out. Indeed, it wouldn't affect our comprehension if we were only told that Gian used to be in the British colonial army.

Rating: 2/5

Canada/UK (2007)
Length: 116 minutes
Genre: Drama
Screenplay: Patricia Finn and Vic Sarin
Director: Vic Sarin
Starring: Jimi Mistry, Kristin Kreuk, Neve Campbell, John Light and Irrfan Khan

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