31 October, 2020

Jinnah Goes To Heaven, Gandhi And Nehru To Hell

A riposte to zooms in on the Nehru-Edwina-Mountbatten trio and its 'impact' on Partition

Jinnah Goes To Heaven, Gandhi And Nehru To Hell

AND so finally we have the Pakistani reply to the film Gandhi, or as Akbar Ahmed, the producer of Jinnah says, a film that rises above mere reply. The film, scheduled for worldwide release this year, had caused some embarrassment in Pakistan when Christopher Lee, celebrated for his roles as Dracula, was invited to play Jinnah. Especially since it was part of Pakistan's golden jubilee plan to revive the image of Jinnah. That, a sneak preview of the film shows, is probably the least of its problems.

In fact, the film had become controversial even before it could be released. The film was blessed by the Benazir Bhutto government, but the new regime has been less than enthusiastic. And the content of the film is bound to stir up a host of debates. Lord Mountbatten (played by James Fox) has been portrayed as quite a villain and his wife Edwina (played by Maria Atkins of A Fish Called Wanda fame) as something of a Lady Macbeth. Not many historians agree with the producers that the events around Partition rested on a supposed relationship between...



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