Deepa Mehta took many liberties with Pakistani writer Bapsi Sidwa's novel Cracking India (also known as Ice Candy Man) to make Earth, the second instalment of her elements trilogy.
Lahore, once a cosmopolitan city where Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims lived in harmony, breaks down during Partition.
Parsis, being neutral in the scheme of things, are spared. The Hindu maid in a Parsi household, Shanta, is courted by many, including two Muslim men - Hasan and the ice-candy man Dilnawaz.
She loves Hasan but after Partition breaks out, madness reins the street of Lahore, personal jealousies are unleashed and voices of reason are killed.
One small mistake by the Parsi child Lenny, who Shanta cares for, leads to a disastrous finale that haunts her for the rest of her life.
Starring popular Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Nandita Das, the film has some of the most vivid and visual accounts of the Partition and the madness that seized men during the time.
Image: A still from Earth