Synopsis: The movie opens in Lahore of 1947 before India and Pakistan became independent. It is a cosmopolitan city, depicted by the coterie of working class friends who are from different religions. The rest of the movie chronicles the fate of this group and the maddening religious that sweeps even this city as the partition of the two countries is decided and Lahore is given to Pakistan.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Deepa Mehta
Production: Zeitgeist Films
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110 min

I was eight years old,

living in Lahore in March of 1947,

when the British Empire in lndia

started to collapse.

Along with talks of lndia's independence

from Britain came rumblings

about its division into two countries,

Pakistan and lndia.

Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs who had lived

together as one entity for centuries

suddenly started to clamor

for pieces of lndia for themselves.

The arbitrary line of division

the British would draw

to carve up lndia

in August of 1947

would scar the Subcontinent forever.

Oh, God!

What have you done, Lenny-baby?

I thought Americans had dropped

another atom bomb.

Yousaf, come and see.

What will Madame say?

Good God!

My sweet!

What's one plate?

Break a hundred.



Madame, I've heard before the British

give us independence,

they will dig a long canal.

One side, independent lndia;

one side, Pakistan.

If they want two countries,

that's what they'll do, right, Madame?

What rubbish, Shanta.

It's a sin to cut flowers after sunset.

They're sleeping.

Just as well.

Imagine their pain if they're awake.

Here, have a roti.

No thanks.

Have one;

you need strength

to look after that rascal Lenny

and her cousin Adi.

He's a terror.

Don't be so hard on them.

They're asleep by now.

Mr. Singh.

He owns buffaloes.

Mrs. Buffalo.

Mr. Rogers, Head of Police.

Shut up, I know.

Shut up, you white man!

You son of a fool!

You white monkey!

Me too.

Let's go, Masseur.

Come, Lenny-baby, sit.

Did you know, Lenny-baby is afraid

of your lion in the zoo?

Don't worry Lenny-baby.

I'll hold on to his chain real t-t-tight.

He won't dare h-h-hurt you.

Don't be scared.

Nobody lets the lion out of the cage.

Besides, the cage is so strong,

even a hundred lions can't break it.

And I feed the lion a juicy goat each day.

So why would he want to eat

a stick like you?

Would your face were pockmarked

like the moon.

Sars your gentle beauty would festoon!

In beauty's grindstone,

one grain got stuck.

Why worry, Dil Navaz?

The one you love has better luck.

I've invented an oil that grows hair

on bald heads.

It has fish and mustard oil, pearl dust,

and many herbs.

Careful, Shanta.

It'll grow hair on your fingers.

Good God!

That's nothing, Hasan.

I've invented a fertility pill.


I'll try it.

I'm not that young anymore.

You idiot, it's not an aphrodisiac.

It's a fertility pill for women.

But it's so potent

it can make men pregnant.

What's the news

from the Viceroy's house?

I've heard Gandhi, Nehru, and Mountbatten

are really tight.


If they are that close,

who will champion us Muslims?

And who will help Jinnah Sahib?

Master Tara Singh

and his bleating herd of Sikhs?

Dil Navaz, who are you calling

b-b-bleating sheep?



Unless you stop talking

about Hindus and Muslims,

I'll stop coming to the park.

This is just a discussion amongst friends.

But if you don't like it, we'll stop.

Okay, friends, God be with you.

Lenny-baby, you'll get tired.

Come ride on my bicycle.

The doctor says she needs exercise.

What does the doctor know?

You tired, Lenny-baby?

Ver-r-ry tired.

Listen, Shanta.

In the eyes of God,

we are all equal.

You're a Hindu; I'm a Muslim.

What's the difference?

Again Hindu-Muslim talk?

We'll stop coming to the park.

Nowyou'd better go.

I have work.

What work?

Washing and ironing

and dusting Madame's room.

I'll help.

I'm very good at dusting.

Are you crazy?

Mummy will kick you out

in one minute.

Let me be with you for a while.

Okay, but only for ten minutes.

Get lost!

You are totally shameless.

Don't be angry.

Go or I'll tell Madame.

I'm sorry. Please forgive me.

Why? You'll never change.

Why can't you be like the Masseur?

He's such a gentleman.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Of no use to the world, or to me,

this unfeeling heart God's given thee.

You rascal.

What are you doing?

You're so spoiled, if I dropped you,

people would thank me.

Put me down, you bastard!

I'm going to drop you on your face!

Someone save me! Help!

Put her down right now!

On one condition:

You have to come to my house,

or I'll drop your Lenny-baby.

Okay, I'll come. Put her down.

And you!

Why are you smiling at him?

Is he your hero?

Come on, you rascal.

So when are you coming to visit?


Get lost before I beat the hell out of you!

We've come, lce Candy Man!

Welcome, welcome, happy spring!

You're beautiful.

Go on, you flatterer!

Come and fly a kite and

celebrate this spring festival.

Forget your creaking bones today.

You fly; I'll watch.

Look. Like this?

Careful, Shanta.

Don't break it.

I'll showyou howto fly it.

There are many types of kites.

See that one?

That's the king of all kites.

I didn't knowyou were such an expert.

It's just a hobby.

Even I want to fly it. Teach me.

Not so heartlessly.

Treat the kite like a lover.

Woo it.

When it acts difficult, let it go.

And when you have control,

bring it closer.



They are going to cut our kite!

No way!

Look carefully as I cut their kite.

You've cut it!


They have to, to survive.

He wouldn't let us enter lndia.

A bowl of milk with sugar inside.

Sweet but invisible.


Papoo, quiet!

Would you like a ride?



Sit in front. It's safer.

Good God!

Please sit.

Have a long life, children!

Oh, my back!

I'll help.

Just push the car. Push it!

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Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta, ([d̪iːpaː ˈmeːɦt̪aː] born September 15, 1950) is an Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter, most known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005). Earth was sent by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Water was Canada's official entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (making it only the third non-French-language Canadian film submitted in that category after Attila Bertalan's 1990 invented-language film A Bullet to the Head and Zacharias Kunuk's 2001 Inuktitut-language feature Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and the first to receive an Oscar nomination. She co-founded Hamilton-Mehta Productions, with her husband, producer David Hamilton in 1996. She was awarded a Genie Award in 2003 for the screenplay of Bollywood/Hollywood. In May 2012, Mehta received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts. more…

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