The 1947 Partition of the Indian Sub-continent has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers.
Few films however, have better encapsulated one of the 20th Century’s great human tragedies than ‘Garm Hava’ (‘Hot Winds’), the seminal 1973 drama that explores the impact the events of August ’47 had on those Muslims who decided to remain in their homes in India following the creation of Pakistan.
Now the film is set for a special screening in London later this month.
Directed by Kannada filmmaker Mysore Srinivas Sathyu, the film begins in the days after Partition on 14 August 1947 and tells the story of the Mirza family who live in a sprawling ancestral home which doubles as a shoe manufacturing factory.
The family is headed by brothers Salim (masterfully played by Balraj Sahni) and Halim (Dinanath Zushti) whose opposing views on Partition and their aspirations for their peoples form the basis of the narrative.
The film explores the slow degeneration of a once-prosperous family in a new India where once-respected and integrated Muslims have become marginalized overnight.
‘Garm Hava’ won a slew of domestic awards and was India’s official entry at the 1974 Academy Awards as well as being nominated for the Golden Palm awards at the Cannes Film Festival the same year.
The film will be screened at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on 29 June as part of Anxiety 2014, a new arts festival curated by the Mental Health Foundation and which explores the cause and effects of anxiety.
For tickets, visit www.ica.org.uk
For more about Anxiety 2014, visit www.anxiety2014.org