1947 Earth: the Abnormality Within

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1947 EARTH: THE ABNORMALITY WITHIN
Atipol Sukrisadanon

As a pile of schoolwork wore me out, I thought I could not enjoy the film Earth my beloved teacher arranged in my graduate class at all. In fact, I watched a short intro of the film before, but it didn’t even interest me. However, at the end of the class, my classmates’ reaction toward the film wiped out my stagnation. I recognized that I had misjudged the film by its very few minutes and I started to watch the film again as I felt I didn’t belong to them.

Based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India, Earth is an Indian film directed by Deepa Mehta launched in 1998. It is the second part of her Elements Trilogy which consists of Fire, Earth, and Water. The story is narrated through the voice of Lenny (Maia Sethna) who is from an affluent Parsee family. She has a close relationship with her nanny, Shanta (Nandita Das) who is passionately involved with the Muslim masseur (Rahul Khanna). The Ice Candy Man (Aamir Khan) who also adores Shanta is disappointed for her choice and finally their complicated relationship causes the unexpected disaster of friendship, love, politics, and religions.

Lahore is part of the borderlines between India and Pakistan. When the British Empire in India started to collapse in 1947, the haste independence caused turmoil in the partition of Indian Subcontinent. Even though the United Kingdom declared the independence to Indian Subcontinent, did India and Pakistan gain their so-called independence? Is it strange?

The historical event in the timeline is stimulating. People need power. We are pleased to be inferior to others so that we feel safe. Nehru said on August 15, 1974: “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” The bloodshed also begins at the time. The timeline of the story really shows the history of India, but plot,…...

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