Partition (2007)


Critic Consensus: A disappointing melodrama focussing on the partition of India and Pakistan. Strange cross-culture casting doesn't help the pedestrian script and direction.


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In a time when India and Pakistan are being torn apart, true love still manages to take root despite the fear and intolerance that blights the troubled landscape. The year is 1947, and as India and Pakistan are split into two separate states the rivers run red with blood. Gian (Jimi Mistry) is a Sikh and former soldier who risks his life to rescue young Muslim Naseem (Kristin Kruek) from a rampaging mob. As this unlikely pair begins to realize their true feelings for one another, the bond between them helps to heal the tender wounds of war. But what chance does true love really have against the destructive force or religious zealotry?

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Jimi Mistry
as Gian Singh
Kristin Kreuk
as Naseem Khan
Neve Campbell
as Margaret Stilwell
John Light
as Walter Hankins
Madhur Jaffrey
as Shanti Singh
Chenier Hundal
as Zakir Khan
Jesse Moss
as Andrew Stilwell
Arya Babbar
as Akbar Khan
Chenier Hundel
as Zakir Khan
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Critic Reviews for Partition

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

But this is a film that lumbers under its epic ambitions and at nearly two hours long - with some awkward plotting to boot - scenes drag, grand and momentous, but crushing anything so fragile as human feelings.

Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The period reconstructions are impressive but the script and direction are a little pedestrian.

Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
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Partition doesn't add many new ideas to the mix, but the deep colors and complex textures supplied by Indian-born cinematographer-turned-director Vic Sarin seem to embody the intensity of his boyhood memories.

Mar 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Where the film stumbles is the script, overcrowded with bits of business and scenes that lean heavily on the symbolic.

Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

[Director] Sarin was aiming for an epic and arrived at episodic. That might have been okay if the episodes weren't so partitioned from each other, the flashbacks failing to illuminate the present action.

Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Set in the years surrounding independence in India, this slightly melodramatic film has a strong emotional kick that manages to bring both the romance and the religious-political situation vividly to life.

Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Partition


Partition is an absolute masterpiece in cinematography, with a compelling continuing story of emotions, historical cultural divide,the human need to love and be loved regardless of the events of the world around us. A masterpiece in independent film-making, the director Vic is an absolute master of his art, through the medium of film he has bought alive the mainly forgotten and least problems of the situation on the India and Pakistan borders. His actors are pure actors from the heart and take us on a unforgettable journey as the story unfolds. A worth to watch.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

An ultimate love story with a tragic ending, but so beautiful and endearing. It's very well written and the acting is superb by all the cast, and I absolutely love this movie.

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

A beautiful movie!! Great story plot about two individuals who fall in love, and marry, in India during 1947. One is Sikh and the other Muslim, this movie follows their story together. Jimi Mistry stars in this drama, it is definitely fantastic to see him in a film once again. Kristin Kreuk and Neve Campbell co-stars in this amazing movie, and both are phenomenal! Great scenery, beautiful music.

Leo L
Leo L

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