Director of Ms. Marvel Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on the Partition scene: “Each of us felt the anguish…”


The Partition sequence for the Marvel Cinematic Universe series was directed by Oscar-winning Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who also directed the fourth and fifth episodes of the Ms. Marvel series.

The entire team, according to Sharmeen, who is well-known for documentaries like Saving Face and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, felt like they had been transported back to 1947 when filming that episode’s scene.

According to the director, who spoke to Hindustan Times, “There were close to a thousand extras on set in the sequence where we’d gone back to 1947 when we were standing on the platform. There was a time on set when everyone on set couldn’t believe that we were able to recreate Partition and present this tale to this generation while Kamala was walking on the platform and listening to these snippets of talks. We felt as though we had been transported to 1947 at the time we were recording her crossing the platform. Each of us sensed the suffering those families were through, and it seemed as though we were watching history unfold.

According to review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Ms. Marvel has so far gotten a mixed reaction from the general public but appears to have impressed the reviewers. According to the general consensus among critics, Iman Vellani effectively controls events with her super-sized charisma in “Ms. Marvel,” which is a really new addition to the MCU both stylistically and substantively.

After WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, and Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel is the seventh MCU series. Iman Vellani, a Pakistani-Canadian actress, plays the series’ title character, and Farhan Akhtar and Fawad Khan make cameo appearances.

Disney Plus Hotstar is currently streaming Ms. Marvel.