Video of the day: Topi, a 1947 tale

Published: October 10, 2011
A screenshot from the short animated film "Topi."

A screenshot from the short animated film "Topi."

We all grew up listening to accounts of what happened during the 1947 partition, but Topi, a unique, animated short film, explores the sad tale of what the poor people of both countries went through in a new artistic perspective.

Said to be the only animated film on this topic, Topi is a story of a Hindu boy named Bir who migrated to India from Pakistan along with many other fellow Hindus.

For many, the partition was a moment of grief which forced them to leave their homeland for a new destination; a home they never asked for. This short animated film managed to capture the essence of this largely unexplored aspect of the migration.

Written, directed and animated by Arjun Rihan, Topi is a graduate thesis film created at the University of Southern California’s  John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts.

Video rating: Thumbs up, for making a film on what people went through during the migration and not what people at the helm of power struggled for. 

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Reader Comments (3)

  • vihang bhatt
    Oct 10, 2011 - 5:42PM

    watch TV serials, Buniyad, Tamas for pre, during and post partition drama.


  • Arsalan
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:42AM

    Wonderful and very touching short movie. Emotions are well depicted. Hats off to Arjun Rihan!!


  • asdf
    Oct 17, 2011 - 5:58PM

    its pretty much one sided…


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