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Viewing India's Partition Through Bollywood

Indian Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi (right) and film score composer and singer A.R. Rahman (left) take part in a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film "Partition 1947" directed by Gurinder Chadha (center) in Mumbai on July 4, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi (right) and film score composer and singer A.R. Rahman (left) take part in a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film "Partition 1947" directed by Gurinder Chadha (center) in Mumbai on July 4, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan and India are marking 70 years since they won their independence from British rule in 1947. That’s when the countries were also partitioned into two — a bloody time that led millions to flee their homes and left as many as 1 million people dead.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sidharth Bhatia (@bombaywallah) of The Wire about how partition has been portrayed by India’s film industry.

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