Earth (1999)



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Deepa Mehta directed this Indian-Canadian romantic drama, the second part of a trilogy. Based on Bapsi Sidhwa's autobiography, Cracking India, the story is set in 1947 in Lahore, where Hindu, Sikh, Parsee, and Muslim share a peaceful co-existence. Events are seen from the point of view of eight-year-old Lenny (Maia Sethna), a girl from an affluent Parsee family. Lenny's nanny, Shantya (Nandita Das), is involved with the Muslim Masseur (Rahul Khanna). When a train of Muslims arrives at the local depot and all the passengers are found murdered, the various sects turn against each other, and the city is soon aflame. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.
Art House & International , Drama
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Zeitgeist Films


Aamir Khan
as Dil Navaz, the Ice Candy Man
Nandita Das
as Shanta, the Ayah
Rahul Khanna
as Hassan, the Masseur
Maia Sethna
as Lenny Sethna
Kitu Gidwani
as Bunty Sethna
Gulshan Grover
as Mr. Singh
Arif Zakaria
as Rustom Sethna
Pavan Malhotra
as Butcher
Eric Peterson
as Mr. Rogers
Sunil Mehra
as Toto Ramji
Navtej Singh Johar
as Sher Singh
Kabir Chowdhry
as Cousin Adi
Lauren Walker
as Mrs. Rogers
Cinia Jain
as Mrs. Singh
Roshan Banu
as Papoo
Radhika Singh
as Muchoo
Varun Mehta
as Boy at Bioscope
Mahosh Gahalot
as Muslim Father
Gitanjili Chopra
as Muslim Mother
Sahiba Chopra
as Daughter
Sia Chopra
as Daughter
as Daughter
Sandeep Singh
as Little Sick Boy
Rahul Ram
as Young Sikh Man
Ravinder Kumar
as Young Muslim Man
Veer Prakash Nayar
as Papoo's Groom
Rajendra Kumar
as Refugee Police
Ashok Jain
as Refugee Police
Pradeep Kapoor
as Station Master
Jaaved Jaaferi
as Radio Announcer
Antonio Minnecola Hussain
as Muslim Man Quartered
Malani Ramani
as Cousin Adi's Mother
Alwin Arifen
as Refugee Boy
Mohini Mathur
as Sher Singh's Mother
Mayura Baweja
as Sher Singh's Sister
as Mob Leader
Mohammed Irahad
as Mob Member
Sagar Zakhmi
as Mob Member
Avinash Nimeshswami
as Mob Member
Nagesh Salwan
as Mob Member
Adil Sheikh
as Mob Member
Anil Prakash
as Mob Member
Vinod Nahardi
as Mob Member
Bapsi Sidhwa
as Older Lenny
Shabana Azmi
as Older Lenny (Voice)
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Critic Reviews for Earth

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9)

penetrating portrait that cannot be ignored or ever forgotten

Full Review… | May 9, 2006
Old School Reviews

Ultimately becomes a stunning exploration of the blackness of the human heart.

Full Review… | April 29, 2003

Goes straight to the heart with its mix of romantic love, friendship, passion and political turmoil.

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Cracking India.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Hollywood Report Card

When bad things happen, they seem distant and unreal so that the events pack little emotional wallop.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Internet Reviews

There was a certain power that could not be denied.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Earth

It is based upon some real events, the Movie was just a Flop and I quit watching after 20 minutes. There was another Movie based up same events directed by Aamir Khan himself in mids 90`s Earth 1942 and I couldnt see any difference. Aamir Khan is a great director but mid`s 90`s he made many failure when directing.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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This is a movie about when Britain stopped ruling India, and the nation was split in two to form India and Pakistani, it taught me as to why those two nations don't get along, It taught me a lot of things I never knew or that they never taught me in high school, story is told through the eyes of a young girl. This is this Directors second movie, I have seen Water and that movie is worth seeing as is this movie. The women from India are beautiful that?s for sure, not only in this movie but in real life. Also the food is grate. Can only give it 3 1/2 star, as water was 4 stars. Also this Director buts out the movie Fire which I wish to see. I rented this one, but will not add to my collection as I believe it to be a one time watch only.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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