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Garm Hawa ( Hot Winds or Scorching Winds) is a 1973 Hindi- Urdu Film directed by M. S. Sathyu.

Still from Garam Hawa -Farooq Sheikh's debut film ( Third from left)

Still from Garam Hawa -Farooq Sheikh’s debut film ( Third from left)

The film deals with the plight of a North Indian Muslim family, in the years post partition of India in 1947, as the film’s protagonist, deals with the dilemma of whether to move to Pakistan or stay back. The film details the slow disintegration of his family, and is one of the most poignant films ever made on India’s partition. It remains one of the few serious films dealing with the post-Partition plight of Muslims in India, with Shyam Benegal’s Mammo (1994) being the only other one.

It is often credited with pioneering a new wave of Art Cinema movement in Hindi Cinema, and alongside a film from another debutant film director, Shyam Benegal, Ankur (1973), are considered landmarks of Hindi Parallel Cinema which had already started flourishing in other Indian languages like Kananda and Malayalam. The movie also launched the career of actor, Farooq Sheikh. It was India’s official entry to the academy awards best foreign film category, nominated for the Palm d’or at the Cannes film festival, won a National award and three Filmfare awards. In 2005, Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.

The Story of the film was written by Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai.

* Urduwallahs pay tribute to Actor Farooq Sheikh through the month of January.