Earth (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Political Drama, Romantic Epic  |   Release Date - Sep 10, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - Canada, India  |  
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Deepa Mehta directed this Indian-Canadian romantic drama, the second part of a trilogy. Based on Bapsi Sidhwa's autobiography, Cracking India, the story is set in 1947 in Lahore, where Hindu, Sikh, Parsee, and Muslim share a peaceful co-existence. Events are seen from the point of view of eight-year-old Lenny (Maia Sethna), a girl from an affluent Parsee family. Lenny's nanny, Shantya (Nandita Das), is involved with the Muslim Masseur (Rahul Khanna). When a train of Muslims arrives at the local depot and all the passengers are found murdered, the various sects turn against each other, and the city is soon aflame. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.

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mass-murder, multicultural, nanny, religious-conflict, train [locomotive], Muslim