The year 1947, the city Lahore, in what was then India and what is now Pakistan. Lenny (Maia Sethna), an eight year old Parsi girl is one of the daily visitors to the Queen's Gardens with her comely and shapely nanny Shanta (Nandita Das), with the kind of curves and smiles that draw numerous male admirers. Lenny basks in the warmth of her favorite people. A warm, comfortable world. A world about to be shattered by vicious arguments, rumors and hatred. Angry Hindus storm through Lahore one day, angry Muslims the next. Then the killings begin. From the rooftop of her house Lenny sees Hindus and Sikhs killing Muslims; Muslims burning Hindus and Sikhs alive. Trains arrive with only corpses as passengers. Through this all, she is also privy to the blossoming love affair between the beautiful Shanta and Hasan (Rahul Khanna) the masseur whose is the only voice of sanity in the madness around. And then there is the once charming Ice Candy Man, Dil Nawaz (Aamir Khan) who has a thing for Shanta and who now roams the streets of Lahore with vengeance on his mind. The demonic dance of greed and desire wearing the garb of religion and nationalism, trampling on innocence, the price of making one country into two nations.
Shrikant Pandit lives a struggling life-style in a rented apartment with his wife, Aditi. Due to his busy working schedule Shrikant is unable to provide enough love and affections to Aditi forcing her to have an affair with her music tutor, Malhar Kamat; eventually both gets intimate which results in Aditi getting pregnant - who later on give birth to a baby boy, Aniket. Years later Shrikant manages to work his way to a fortune and the family now reside in a bungalow in Pune. Then one day Aditi's reality stands expose when she receive a letter stating that she is the beneficiary to all Malhar's assets who is no longer alive - this scenario changes the lives of her family members forever.
- Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Kitu Gidwani, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Gulshan Grover, Tabu, Sachin Khedekar, Mohnish Bahl
- Deepa Mehta / Mahesh Manjrekar
- Music Director
- A.R. Rahman / Rahul Ranade, Sukhwinder Singh
- 16:9 Anamorphic (compatible 4:3 screen format), Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC
- All Regions
- Number of discs
- Run Time
- 217 minutes
- Drame, Guerre, Romance