Gurinder Chadha and Huma Qureshi
Gurinder Chadha and Huma Qureshi

Huma Qureshi, who will be seen in Gurinder Chadha's Partition: 1947, considers her to be a strong filmmaker.

The actor says, "I love working with strong people because they push you to perform better and give your best. I had always wanted to work with her and was excited to do so."

Talking about the film, Qureshi says, "It's a story about partition and throws light on why it happened. The script is based on documents that were declassified by the British government sometime back."

Partition: 1947, which releases later this month, focusses on the events in the final pre-independence days, gives glimpses of Lord Mountbatten's swearing in, his conversations with Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the romance between two Indians who worked closely with the British, and the building tensions in India as the slogan Hindustan-Pakistan is repeated.

This directorial venture, a historical drama, is vastly different from Chadha's previous films like Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and The Misress of Spices (2005), which were light-hearted and focussed on the culture of the Indian diaspora.