1947: Brexit India

  • Colour | 118 Mins | English | 2023
  • Director: Sanjeevan Lal
  • Producer: Eclectic Films, Dr. Swarnjit Singh
  • Writer: Shama More
  • DoP: Jogendra Panda, Deb Burman
  • Editor: Prashant Naik, Navnita Sen
  • Cast: Dr. Shashi Tharoor, William Dalrymple, Commodore Uday Bhaskar

Synopsis: The documentary examines how the British ruled India for 200 years with a minimal population, yet becoming the world’s superpower. Subsequently, Lord Mountbatten's abrupt decision to split India into two parts in 1947 led to catastrophic consequences, with one million deaths and 20 million displaced. In the film, experts from Britain, West Indies, Pakistan, and India discuss the influence of United States and Canada on Britain's decolonization and India's path to independence along with its emergence as a new global superpower.

Directors Bio: Sanjivan Lal, an FTII, Pune alumnus specializing in Film Direction (1993), gained critical acclaim with his diploma film ‘The Second Page’ which was screened at Indian Panorama (1994). His debut film ‘Bubble Gum’ (2011) garnered rave reviews and the documentary ‘Is God Deaf’ was screened at multiple festivals, including IFFI (2004).

Producer: Producer 1: Eclectic Films Private Limited is an Indian production company established by Sanjivan Lal in June 2017. Based in Mumbai, it mainly produces films and documentaries. Producer 2: Dr. Swarnjit Singh is a USA-based doctor by profession. A big history buff, it was his subject of interest and research for a decade on which this documentary has been made.

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