Dir. Meenu Gaur
Status: In Production
This film explores the place of food in memory and the memory of places in food. Bihar, Lucknow, Agra, Dilli, Bombay, Madras are remembered every day in the streets and homes of Karachi. Shop signs and familial anecdotes profess the knowledge of centuries old secret recipes carried across the borders of undivided India into Pakistan. However these recipes are bearers of social messages from which this film unpacks larger narratives of migration, memory, identity and history.
Set in Karachi, this film looks at the various communities that were displaced from their home-cities and regions at the time of the Partition of India in 1947. While most Partition scholarship and films focus on the memorialisation of the event and its immediate aftermath, there are few which emphasize the daily, habitual and routine ways in which the Partition continues to shape everyday lives. Food is just such a ‘mnemonic’ bringing forth emotions that are strongly connected to a sensorial evocation of a lost homeland. It is for these reasons that this film chooses food as a central trope of loss and remembrance, longing and belonging.