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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Partition: A not-so-epic love story

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It’s unusual for Indian cinemas to screen a 2007 film that has already had its television premiere.

But the stand-off between Bollywood producers and multiplexes has resulted in a slew of otherwise straight-to-DVD films getting a chance at the box-office.

“Partition”, in its dubbed Hindi version, is one such film.

This Canadian production revolves around the love story of a Sikh man and a Muslim woman drawn together by the partition of India in 1947.

The storyline is familiar — the Bollywood hit “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” (2001) had an uncannily similar plot. But despite a host of accomplished actors, this Vic Sarin film is never as impressive.

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