A Passage to India is a grand and lavish epic, produced handsomely, and is based on the E.M. Forster novel, published in 1924 during the days of colonial England.
The values of East and West meet romantically, but also comes with a hefty dose of realism where East and West clash. British daughter-in-law and mother-in-law travel to India to with be with her fiancé and explore this exotic country. But she is caught up in a scandal and claims an Indian doctor, who was her escort on a day trip, violated her. Controversy erupts and the locals stand by the doctor, saying he is innocent and the British are unjust.
The larger meaning is the relationship between England and colonial India. The human meaning is prejudice and fear of the unknown.
Beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted, it is also a personal story of life-like characters engaged vividly and vitally.
A Passage to India, Director: David Lean, Genre: Drama, Year: 1984, Rating: 10/10