Partition: 1947 Reviews by Critics

The week will be dominated by Akshay Kumar’s ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’, but there are two new releases ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ and ‘Partition 1947’. Partition: 1947 has received fairly good reviews from critics, with some going as high as 4 stars.

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Partition: 1947 Review by Neil Soans on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★★★☆

’Partition: 1947’ displays the rocky start of two neighbouring countries who still haven’t recovered from the aftermath 70 years later. Accentuated by A. R. Rahman’s striking background score, it aptly captures the gamut of emotions at the end of the colonial rule, making this a timely and riveting watch.

Partition: 1947 Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The film is visually rich too, but overall, it is highly disappointing. Unlike the previous few well made patriotic films Bollywood has seen, like Rang De Basanti, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, to name a few, Partition 1947 looks repetitive and superficial. The film will also remind you of the Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel starrer love story set at the backdrop of partition 1947, Gadar Ek Prem Kathleen, in bits and pieces. Music by the maestro AR Rahman is just about average. This is perhaps the weakest film of Gurinder Chadha which has a very clichéd climax.

Partition: 1947 Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★★½☆

Talking about performances, both Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson are terrific in their roles, especially Anderson who is delightful as the sympathetic Lady of the House. They are supported by an ensemble cast with Michael Gambon and Darshan Jariwala standing out. Tanveer Ghani, Denzil Smith and Neeraj Kabi are also brilliant as Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi respectively. Even though he appears in just a few scenes, I got this pained feeling inside my chest seeing the late Om Puri on screen again. His final scene with Dayal and Qureshi will definitely move you.

Review by IANS on Sify

Rating: ★★★☆☆

If you dismiss comparing the main actors’ personalities with their performances, the film is astutely mounted. The direction largely quivers between natural and staged. The scope of the production design, though antiseptically prim, gives a fair picture of the era and the scenes especially in the transit camp are emotionally gripping. Overall, despite its shortcomings, Partition: 1947 leaves a mark as an engrossing and imposing film.

Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Basically, I guess, the moment this film steps out of the ‘Viceroy House’ (which is its English title) into the actual ‘Partition, 1947’ (the picture’s Indian name)-showing destruction, disloyalty, and dispersion over a wider canvas-is when it genuinely comes alive. The question is only if you can last that long. It’s the final few minutes of the film. Can you stay up until then? Well, millions died during Partition. Surely you can stay up until a movie by that name ends.

Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Technically a superior product, production designer Laurence Dorman and costume designer Keith Madden do a marvelous job. Ben Smithard’s camera work is eye pleasing. A.R. Rahman’s music score sets the tone. Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi are earnest though their characters are not given the required graph and establishment. Arunoday Singh as Asif is fine. Tanveer Ghani as Nehru, Neeraj Kabi as Gandhi and Denzil Smith as Jinnah leave their mark. Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as Lady Edwina are brilliant.

Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★½☆☆

In 106 minutes, Gurinder Chadha ably paints the anxiety and painful relocation of millions on the both sides of the border. Her handling or rather handing out a clean chit to England’s last Viceroy to India seems over-simplification of the historic episode though.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Tasked with a responsibility as crucial as the one his character’s bestowed with in the film, Hugh Bonneville is strictly average as Lord Mountbatten. But Gillian Anderson, as the opinionated and firm Lady Edwina, is just as fiesty as the historical figure is described in text books. Huma Qureshi as the emotionally scattered Alia, sensitively conveys her character’s mindspace while Manish Dayal is unobjectionable and keeps up with Jeet Singh’s evolving arc. Director Gurinder Chadha takes a stab at facts to churn out fiction that could seem overbearing. While she depicts the period in question elaborately and invests time and effort in establishing her characters, she rushes through her storytelling.

Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Partition: 1947 would have worked infinitely better had Chadha played up the personal stories in her kitty – like, for instance, the one involving the Hindu head chef (Raj Zutshi) and his Muslim sous chef who can rustle up a scrumptious “lamb Wellington and bread and butter pudding”, whose partnership is cruelly broken by the Partition. As a history lesson, this film is a ride that sweeps too many elements of import out of the way and ends up on the wrong side of the ‘quality line’ in the bargain.

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