1947 Earth (1998)
Language: Hindi, English
Category: Feature Film
Genre: Drama, Romance
The year 1947, the city Lahore, in what was then India and what is now Pakistan. Lenny (Maia Sethna), an eight year old Parsi girl is one of the daily visitors to the Queen's Gardens with her comely and shapely nanny Shanta (Nandita Das), with the kind of curves and smiles that draw numerous male admirers. Lenny basks in the warmth of her favorite people. A warm, comfortable world. A world about to be shattered by vicious arguments, rumors and hatred. Angry Hindus storm through Lahore one day, angry Muslims the next. Then the killings begin. From the rooftop of her house Lenny sees Hindus and Sikhs killing Muslims; Muslims burning Hindus and Sikhs alive. Trains arrive with only corpses as passengers. Through this all, she is also privy to the blossoming love affair between the beautiful Shanta and Hasan (Rahul Khanna) the masseur whose is the only voice of sanity in the madness around. And then there is the once charming Ice Candy Man, Dil Nawaz (Aamir Khan) who has a thing for Shanta and who now roams the streets of Lahore with vengeance on his mind. The demonic dance of greed and desire wearing the garb of religion and nationalism, trampling on innocence, the price of making one country into two nations.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Kitu Gidwani, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Gulshan Grover, Raghuvir Yadav, Maia Sethna, Arif Zakaria, Mohini Mathur, Lauren Walker, Pavan Malhotra, Rajendra Kumar, Javed Jaffrey