Despite the large absence of Partition Cinema in both the countries, it has seen, what might seem, a sudden rise since 1997 - the 50th anniversary of three events: the formation of Pakistan, independence of both India and Pakistan and also the Partition of the two countries.
The celebrations and calls for peace, and at the same time the renewed mudslinging between the two countries, that followed decades of separation, perhaps suddenly awakened filmmakers to look at history anew - as films based or centered around Partition has seen a rise since then.
One of the reasons this writer has encountered often in trying to find out why Partition Cinema is not taken up enthusiastically by filmmakers in all the three countries - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - is that this brutal history where man became worst than beast, is best forgotten.
There is no merit in this argument, because history that is forgotten, repeats itself.
Thus, like we remember the Jewish Holocaust, it is imperative to remember this Indian Holocaust, if not for anything else than that we do not make the same mistake, in small or large doses, over and over again.
Image: Shabana Azmi's mother Shaukat Kaifi (right) also acted in Garm Hava
(This article has been fashioned from a few chapters of a yet unpublished book called History's Forgotten Footnote: Garm Hava, Partition and Collective Amnesia on the film Garm Hava by the author.
The film Garm Hava has been restored and is being readied for theatrical release by film historian Subhash Chedda and IndikinoEdutainment Pvt. Ltd.
The writer wishes to thank M S Sathyu, Shama Zaidi, Subhash Chedda and Sunipa Basu for various segments in the writing of this feature and the book.
Satyen K Bordoloi is an independent film critic, writer and photojournalist based in Mumbai. His writings on cinema, culture and politics have appeared nationally and globally.