75 years on from one of the 20th century’s greatest catastrophes India 1947: Partition in Colour tells the story of the personal rivalries between the key players at the centre of partition – Nehru, Jinnah and Mountbatten – and what impact their relationships had on this momentous event.
Using archive that has been colour-ised for the first time, expert interviews and private documents, the films look at the 18 crucial months leading up to Partition, as the fate of 400 million people were determined by a small cabal of men.
As intense rivalries and new intimacies come to light, we follow the extraordinary events that unravel during those crucial months: the rumoured affair between Nehru, India’s new prime minister and Edwina Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten’s wife, and the growing enmity between Mountbatten and Jinnah, leader of the Muslim League- all whilst negotiations for independence are taking place; the lack of action from all three camps as violence begins to escalate; and the chaos & bloodshed that ensues from Mountbatten’s decision to wrap up almost a century of British Rule in ten weeks rather than a year- the ramifications of which, are still being felt 75 years on.
India 1947Series 1
- Channel 4