PARZANIA

HEAVEN & HELL ON EARTH

By Rahul DHOLAKIA

RAHUL DHOLAKIA PRODUCTIONS (PVT) LTD - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2007

A True story of a family that searches for their 10 year old son lost in the Genocide in India in 2002 and their efforts to come to terms with life.

    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 112 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rahul DHOLAKIA
    • Writer(s)
    • David DONIHUE, Rahul DHOLAKIA
    • Producer(s)
    • K.B. SAREEN, Kamal PATEL, Rahul DHOLAKIA (RAHUL DHOLAKIA PRODUCTIONS)
    • Synopsis
    • Parzania is the breathtaking untold story of one family and a community’s loss during an act of communal violence that stunned the world and changed a country forever. It is one of India's most controvertial films which was banned in some states.
      Cynical. Intelligent and lost. An American by the name of Allan Webbings arrives in Ahmedabad city. For the longest time, Allan has been searching for answers, praying to find internal peace and understanding to the world and his troubled life. Allan has chosen India as his school, and Gandhi as his subject. It’s here that he meets Cyrus, the local projectionist and his loving family.
      Cyrus and his family are Parsi, followers of a rarely practiced religion that is both small in numbers and neutral to religious politics. They are middle class and live happily in a housing development, which is mostly Muslim. He has a beautiful wife named Shernaz. Strong and practical at times only her inner strength keeps the family going. Parzan is there imaginative 10 year old boy and Dilshad is his younger sister.
      Parzania is the imaginary perfect world created by Parzan, where the buildings are made of chocolate, the mountains of ice cream and all you do is play cricket all day. It is a world that only he and his eight year old little sister Dilshad can truly understand.
      Through Cyrus’s family, and the teachings of an old Indian scholar, Allan starts to find peace of mind, right before the rest of the country loses its sanity. One morning, the beauty and peace that is India. Is rocked beyond measure, as a fire erupts in a train killing 58 Hindus.
      Within 24 hours, 100,000 citizens storm into Ahmedabad and slaughter thousands of Muslims, making that day one of the largest acts of communal violence the country has ever seen. And in the midst of the terror and violence, Parzan disappears.
      While Cyrus fights for his own sanity and searches for his child, Alan battles to uncover the truth behind the riots and any possible meaning to the insanity he has witnessed. People start to question the explanations they are given and a human rights commission is formed. But will the truth come out? And does any of it matter to a distraught family who just wants to find their little boy.
      Parzania is inspired from a true story.
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