Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy says she wanted Kamala to 'feel the anguish' of the families uprooted by Partition

Published 01 Jul, 2022 01:39pm

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The filmmaker explained the idea behind the final scenes of Ms Marvel episode 4 when Iman Vellani is transported to 1947.

Photo: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy/Instagram
Photo: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy/Instagram

Some filmmakers go the extra mile to bring authenticity to the story they're telling and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is one of them. The Ms Marvel director revealed the thought process that went into recreating the train station scene at the time of Partition in episode 4.

On Friday, Obaid-Chinoy shared a video titled "Recreating the partition of 1947", describing it as "one of the greatest migrations in human history" that had "millions of families displaced on both sides of the border".

"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," she captioned the post.

The video featured the final scenes from episode that saw Kamala Khan, played by Iman Vellani, travelling to Pakistan and eventually, being transported to 1947. The budding superhero finds herself at a train station catching snippets of exchanges between families saying their final goodbyes.

"I grew up listening to my grandparents' stories of what it was like in 1947 for them and their families, the snatched conversations they heard on the train tracks as their families were rushing to catch the last trains out and violence had ensued all around them," Obaid-Chinoy's voice can be heard, explaining the idea behind the scenes.

She said she wanted Kamala to immerse herself in the sentiments of the families. "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."

Ms Marvel is the coming-of-age story of 16-year-old Kamala, who lives in Jersey City. She is an aspiring artist, an avid gamer, a voracious fan-fiction scribe and a huge fan of the Avengers — and one in particular, Captain Marvel. But Kamala has always struggled to find her place in the world — that is until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to.

Desis are loving the show, thankful for the representation and wowed by a part of them being featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show has included songs like 'Pasoori' and 'The Sibbi Song' in its soundtrack and fans are thrilled. The cast has actors such as Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Nimra Bucha and even Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and there has been nothing but love all around for all the stars.