In the movie Kundun before this scene, which means 5 Years before i.e 1942.

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There is an expression:

India is a newly independent nation. They are struggling. They are in no position to help us.

See this expression appears in around the year 1942. India got independence in 1947.

Why did Kundun show India to have achieved independence earlier than it really did?

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    It might not change the nature of your question, but isn't 1949 - 5 = 1944 rather than 1942?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:59
  • Seems like ignorance to historical accuracy. IMDb also mentioned the same.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:10

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One of two things are happening here:

  1. This is a historical inaccuracy, either purposeful for the reason of showing why India doesn't intercede or accidental, in that someone just got the dates wrong.

  2. The fixed points in time do not represent a point from the last scene, but rather from the last fixed point. In this case, the "Five years later, 1949" is not five years after the death of the Dalai Lama's father (the scene immediately preceding the screenshot), but rather 5 years after the prior interstitial, which begins with the car scene in 1944:

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The events that unfold after this include the reference to India, as well as the Daili Lama watching video of the bombing of Japan, which was August, 1945.

I believe #2 is the correct one -- the time period of all events since the "1944" text represent not one year, but several years and the next fixed point in time references five years after 1944, not the death of his Father.

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