Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shared a video “Recreating the partition of 1947”, on Friday, calling it “one of the greatest migrations in human history” displacing numerous families across the subcontinent.
It showed the last scene from episode 4 from Ms. Marvel in which Kamala visits Pakistan and witnesses families being separated in 1947. Perhaps, it is this train station scene that is the most powerfully compelling.
The film-maker told that she herself grew up listening to her elders reminisce similar times and scenes when family members had to say their final goodbyes as the fled from danger.
She said, “I wanted Kamala to hear those actual conversations when she landed in Partition. I wanted her to feel the anguish that the families were feeling as they were uprooted leaving their homes, their friends, the life that they knew, never to return again.”
In the caption to the video, she said, “I have been involved in collecting oral histories of the 1947 partition for the better part of two decades — to be able to bring those stories to life for Ms Marvel was truly special.”
Ms. Marvel tells the tale of a 16 year old Muslim of Pakistani heritage growing up in Jersey City. The audience is shown her many interests – in art, gaming and The Avengers – and also her discomfort and doubts, her inability to find a place for herself until she becomes just like the superheroes that she has admired all her life.
The show has been heavily praised for its representation of desis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring songs like ‘The Sibbi Song’ and ‘Pasoori’ and actors like Fawad Khan Nimra Bucha and Farhan Akhtar.
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