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838 Ratings


The Morning Breeze

Directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza
India, 1995
  • Hindi
  • English, French


Mumbai, 1992. Naseem, a 15 year-old schoolgirl, lives with her grandfather and grows up with the stories of pre-independence communal harmony. Later, she helplessly watches the communal situation regressing with the demolition of Babri Masjid, a mosque in Ayodhya.

Our take

The delicate relationship between a teenage Muslim girl and her ailing grandfather reveals the melancholic story of an increasingly volatile fabric of Indian society. A deep sense of foreboding comes alive in this brave political film set against the backdrop of communal conflict in Mumbai of 1992.

Naseem Directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza

Critics reviews

Naseem comes out of an immense pain that the likes of Azmi and Mirza underwent after the Babri Masjid demolition; the pain arises not just out of witnessing the secular social fabric of the country being torn to bits but also from the fact Muslims were being questioned and being asked to prove their loyalties towards a country that has always been theirs.
May 12, 2020
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