It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director:

Deepa Mehta

Writers:

Deepa Mehta, Bapsi Sidhwa (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Dil Navaz
Nandita Das ... Shanta
Rahul Khanna ... Hassan, the Masseur
Maia Sethna Maia Sethna ... Lenny Sethna
Babby Singh Babby Singh ... Yousaf
Kitu Gidwani ... Bunty Sethna
Raghuvir Yadav ... Hariya / Himmat Ali
Kabir Chowdhury Kabir Chowdhury ... Cousin Adi
Arif Zakaria ... Rustom Sethna
Eric Peterson ... Mr. Rogers (IG)
Gulshan Grover ... Mr. Singh
Lauren Walker Lauren Walker ... Mrs. Rogers
Cinia Jain Cinia Jain ... Mrs. Singh
Navtej Singh Johar Navtej Singh Johar ... Sher Singh
Pawan Malhotra ... Butcher (as Pavan Malhotra)
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Storyline

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. Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Rahul Khanna won the Filmfare Award Best Debut award in 1999 for his performance in the film. See more »

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Yeh Jo Zindagi Hai V.2
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh & Srinivas
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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A very honest attempt without much fanfare
22 October 1999 | by satya-3See all my reviews

Deepa Mehta's second element, "Earth" clearly shows her maturity as a director. She has really worked on the overall aspects of film-making and make it more presentable to a wider audience, as compared to "Fire". Like music, for instance. A R Rahman is clearly the best performer in this film with excellent scores like "Rut aa gayi re" and "Banno".

I felt, this film mainly focuses on the character of Dil Navaz (brilliantly enacted by Aamir Khan) ... a person who turns from a cheerful, romantic and simple common man to a person who becomes violent and villanious in his hatred for a sect of people. The 1947 partition riots is an example of a social upheaval that can trigger such a change in a person. As the character says, we all have a lion encaged within us and the day the cage breaks open, God only can save us from the aftermath.

Aamir Khan is astonishing in his performance. He is gaining considerable mileage as a class actor ( a rarity in Hindi commercial film industry ) because of his recent pick of movies and definitely "Earth" marks a high point in his career graph. The different shades of emotion Dil Navaz undergoes through the film are effectively communicated through his face, articulation and body language. The climax scene is particularly memorable. Nandita Das and Rahul Khanna have given able support. The little girl Maia Sethna as "lenny" is also very promising. The direction has been very controlled and Deepa handles the events beautifully with excellent cinematographic support.

To sum it up, Earth offers an excellent viewing experience to all and makes the audience really "feel" for the victims ( both physical and mental ) of such events in World history as the India-Pakistan partition.


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 July 1999 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

1947: Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Opening Weekend USA:

$42,449, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$424,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,798
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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