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A story of riot, mayhem, human suffering and hope. It is the story of women during the riots of Indo-Pak partition which had displaced hundreds of thousands of families overnight.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2003 10:12 IST

Director: Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Urmila Matondkar, Priyanshu Chatterjee
India/colour/2003/180 mins

It is a story of riot, mayhem, human suffering and hope. Based on famous Indian author Amrita Pritam's novel of the same name, it tells the tale of women during the Indo-Pak partition. The Partition riots displaced hundreds of thousands of fmailies overnight.

The worst hit, as always in any battle, were the women. Thousands of helpless women were raped and kidnapped as communal tensions set loose hell in the villages along the India-Pakistan borders.

While riots were in full swing, there were people who stillhoped humanism would survive and were waiting for their dreams to come true. Relationships, social mores and cultural standards were put to test when two communities were fighting out of insecurities for an unknown future.

Yet, there was light at the end of the tunnel. Love, sacrifice and understanding of human emotions paved a road to co-existence and peace. Will the air again rent with joy of dance and music - the ultimate and essential spirit of Punjab? Will love ever win over hate?

Production: Lucky Star's Entertainment Ltd.
Cinematography: Santosh Thundiyal
Art Direction: Muneesh Sappel
Editor: Ballu Saluja
Sound: Narinder Singh

Director's bio note
Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is the man behind one of India's most successful teleserials, Chanakya - where he had brilliantly essayed the role of politician-kingmaker Chanakya himself.

He is planning to make films with the backdrop of Khajuraho and on the life of Lord Krishna. He got inspired to make Pinjar when he read the novel during research for another project.

First Published: Oct 10, 2003 10:12 IST