Partition: 1947 has released and as is a known fact by now, the film unearths a lot of secrets that were lying buried. Though director Gurinder Chadha spent seven years of her life putting together the film, not many know that there was also a member of the British royalty who encouraged her to get further facts in place before she embarked on her mission.
The man we are talking about? None less than Prince Charles.
Apparently, the director and Prince Charles engaged into a conversation about the film and the man was quite supportive of this idea.
“It was whilst writing the first draft of the script that I happened to meet Prince Charles at a charity event for the British Asian Trust at St. James’s Palace. I told him I was preparing a film about his favorite uncle, Lord Mountbatten, and he was interested in what source I was using for the film,” remembers Gurinder Chadha.
Once she fed him with the details, Prince Charles further shared with her some nuggets of advice.
“He told me that I needed to read Narendra Singh Sarila’s The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India’s Partition,” reveals Gurinder, “That’s because it showed how Mountbatten was used by the British Establishment.”
She goes on to add, “I was surprised to hear this from Prince Charles and managed to find the book the next day after scouring every bookstore in London. What transpired in front of my eyes was nothing less than shocking.”
Now it’s the audience turn to be shocked, what with the film running in theaters and managing to raise quite a few eyebrows.