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“We are touched by this gesture from Salman Khan,” a witness of 1947 partition shares during the special screening of ‘Bharat’

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Bharat‘ has already set a record by being the highest opening film ever of Salman Khan‘s career. To make the journey of ‘Bharat’ even more special, the superstar hosted a special screening for the families who have witnessed the 1947 partition of India-Pakistan.

The screening was held in special association with an organisation, ‘1947 Partition archives’. Ecstatic about the massive success of ‘Bharat’, Salman Khan arranged a special screening for all the families who have experienced the events of 1947 partition. Present at the event were all the senior members of these families. There were around seven families present at the screening. The real heroes enjoyed the special screening along with superstar Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The family members even shared several anecdotes with the actors.

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Salman was honoured and felt proud after the screening. Sharing his experience, the actor wrote on Twitter, “Special screening of #Bharat for the real families who experienced the events of 1947 and the partition. Honoured to meet all of them! Salute to the real #Bharat families”.

At the meet, the actor made sure that he personally heard each of the tales shared by those families.

Overwhelmed after the screening, Atu Relwani, a witness to the historic partition said, “We are touched by this gesture from Salman. I had tears in my eyes while watching ‘Bharat’, especially when the train scene happened. I was nine years of age when we travelled from Hyderabad in a train just like that. The story of ‘Bharat’ is touching and real and Salman made it more special.”

Another family member present at the event, Tarachandani HM shared, “Salman in ‘Bharat’ reminded us of the vision, commitment and struggles we carried along from one land to the other. To me, the train scene when I had looked for my family back in 1947 brought back all the memories. The movie is par excellence with its storytelling.”

The 1947 Partition Archive is a nonprofit oral history organization in Delhi, that collects, preserves and shares first-hand accounts of the Partition of India in 1947. They collate and document histories of the people who have seen the times of partition. The archives also recently launched a campaign called #ChasingMemories to immortalize the dying oral histories of partition.

Salman is beaming with pride and expressed gratitude to all the families who have experienced 1947 partition. Yesterday’s screening was a point where the storyline and the real experiences found common ground.

Written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, ‘Bharat’ is bankrolled by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the banner of Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd. and Salman Khan Films.

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