Tamas (film)

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Directed by Govind Nihalani
Produced by Govind Nihalani
Screenplay by Bhisham Sahni
Story by Bhisham Sahni
Starring Om Puri
Bhisham Sahni
Deepa Sahi
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Cinematography Govind Nihalani
V. K. Murthy
Release dates
Running time
274 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Tamas (Translation - Darkness) (1987) is a period television film directed by Govind Nihalani, based on the Hindi novel of the same name written by Bhisham Sahni (1974), which won the author the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975.

The film was first shown on India's national broadcaster Doordarshan as a mini-series and later as one-off 4-hour-long feature film. It was also shown on History TV18 as a series in the month of August 2013.


The film is about the massacre and exodus of Sikh and Hindu families to India, in the backdrop of riot-stricken Pakistan, at the time of Partition of India in 1947. It shows a gruesome side of politics, and the compassionate side of humanity that survives any carnage.[1][2]




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