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Rave reviews of NRI documentary

London-based writer and producer Lalit Joshi has attracted praise for his film on India's partition.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 14:43 IST

A thought-provoking documentary on the partition by London-based NRI writer and film producer Lalit Mohan Joshi has attracted rave reviews from filmmakers and critics.

Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, after watching the documentary titled 'Beyond Partition' at the Nehru Centre here, said: "It is a very insightful and provocative film on the partition. I have seen many documentaries, but Lalit Mohan Joshi's perspective through the eyes of filmmakers that have been affected by the event, or just tried to come to terms with it, is extremely unique and very intelligent."

Atul Khare, Minister for Culture in the Indian High Commission and Director of the Nehru Centre, London, said "the documentary treats an emotive subject with sympathy, compassion, and sensitivity."

The mechanism of telling a story through the creative use of archival film material, interspersed with interviews with filmmakers of both India and Pakistan is truly innovative and grasps the attention of the audience, he said. "Lalit's mastery over the lens, sound overlay and other technical details make for an extremely interesting and gripping documentary," he said.

Describing the film as unique, filmmaker Govind Nihalani said "it revisits partition through the films made in the Indian subcontinent that reflect the experience of division of India... A nation ... A people... A civilization, in an elegant, non-judgmental and sensitive manner."

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 14:43 IST