Earth 1998

Earth (1998)

[box_light]I think it’s slightly naive for me to think that films make a difference. But what it can do is start a dialog and provoke discussion. – Deepa Mehta[/box_light]
Deepa Mehta, who is known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire(1996), Earth(1998) and Water(2005); among which Earth was submitted by the Indian government for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, directed this Indian-Canadian romantic drama, the second part of a trilogy. The film is based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s autobiography – Cracking India.
The story of EARTH is set in 1947 in Lahore, where Hindu, Sikh, Parsee, and Muslim share a peaceful co-existence. Earth is shown from the perspective and memories of an eight year old girl Lenny (Maia Sethna), a girl from an affluent Parsee family. Lenny’s nanny, Shantya (Nandita Das), is involved with the Muslim Masseur (Rahul Khanna). In this film the Britishers leaving India and therewith causing tensions between Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. Between these religious groups stands a Parsi family, who has to see how their friends are either fleeing or being killed. In all this hatred the tragedy of the Hindu servant Shanta is embedded, who is equally loved by Dilnawaz and Hasan. These three characters provide a reflection of a maddening society, where friends become enemies and are even prepared to kill each other. 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.

Earth 1998

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