The sets of Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's period film Pinjar are brilliantly rustic. Based on Amrita Pritam's novel with the same name, Pinjar is set during the Partition.

Starring Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpai, the film explores the gradual attraction of a rape victim towards her rapist.

A portion of Mumbai's Film City Studio is converted into a village in pre-Independence Lahore, complete with houses, grocery and garment shops. The brick-layered, two-storeyed buildings have minute carvings on them. Cobbled streets wind through the village.

At the entrance of the sets, you are greeted by giant earthen jars with Urdu inscriptions. These, you are told, were for the public -- one for the Hindus and the other for the Muslims.

Pakistan flags, slogans, Urdu inscriptions and pictures of [founder of Pakistan] Mohammad Ali Jinnah are seen at regular intervals.

Rediff.com brings you glimpses of art director Muneesh Sappel's sets for Pinjar. Click here for the slide show.

Text: Ronjita Kulkarni




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