Ramchand Pakistani (Urdu: رام چند پاکستانی) is an Urdu-language Pakistani drama film directed by Mehreen Jabbar and produced by Javed Jabbar. The film features Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqi, Syed Fazel Hussain, Maria Wasti and Noman Ijaz in lead roles. The film is based on a true story of a boy who inadvertently crosses the border between Pakistan and India and the following ordeal that his family has to go through. Ramchand Pakistani was also released in India.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mehreen Jabbar|
|Produced by||Javed Jabbar|
|Written by||Javed Jabbar|
|Screenplay by||Mohammad Ahmed|
Syed Fazal Hussain
|Music by||Debojyoti Mishra|
Moringo Nusrat Nigam Banerjee
|Edited by||Aseem Sinha|
|Distributed by||Geo Films|
Museum of Modern Art
|Budget||₨6.0 crore (US$420,000)|
Champa (Nandita Das) is a Hindu woman who is left desolate when her young son and husband disappear one day from their village at the India-Pakistan border near Nagarparkar, in the Tharparkar district of the Sindh province. The film depicts the crossing of the India-Pakistan border, during a period (June 2002) of war-like tension between the two countries, by two members of a Pakistani Hindu family belonging to the 'untouchable' dalit caste, and the extraordinary consequences of this unintended action upon the lives of a woman, a man, and their son.
The film is about a Hindu Dalit family living in Pakistan peacefully. Ramchand, the main protagonist who is 8 years old, is the son of Shankar and Champa. One day, after an altercation with his mother, Ramchand runs away in anger and, accidentally, crosses the Indo-Pakistan border into India. His father follows him and, he too, crosses the border into India.
After being arrested by the border security personnel, they are sent to a prison in India and stay there for a long time. They get a release order soon, but later it turns out to be a mistake and they are sent back to the jail. Ramchand, the 8 years old boy, and his father Shankar are unregistered prisoners during much of their stay in India. Meanwhile, Ramchand’s mother, Champa, leads a life of loneliness and although she takes a temporary job in a faraway place, she returns to her village.
Finally, after 5 years, when Ramchand has grown a few years, he gets released. He returns home to his mother. His father, Shankar, also gets released soon after. They are united and there, the film ends.
The singular theme of the film is how a child from Pakistan aged eight years, learns to cope with the trauma of forced separation from his mother while being held prisoner, along with his father in the jail of a country (India), which is hostile to his own (Pakistan). Meanwhile, the wife-mother, devastated by their sudden disappearance builds a new chapter of her life, by her solitary struggle for sheer survival.
- Nandita Das as Champa
- Syed Fazal Hussain as Younger Ramchand
- Navaid Jabbar as Older Ramchand
- Rashid Farooqui as Shankar
- Maria Wasti as Kamla
- Nouman Ijaz as Abdullah
- Adnan Shah as Sharma
- Adarsh Ayaz as Moti
- Farooq Pario as Suresh
- Shahood Alvi as Asif Hussain
- Zhalay Sarhadi as Lakshmi
- Atif Badar as Lalu
- Saleem Mairaj as Vishesh
- Saif-e-Hasan as Murad
- Rao Saleem as Interrogator
- Karim Bux Baloch as Baloch
- Master Yaqub as Baba Gul
- Hassan Niazi as Deepak
- Kazim Raza as Professor
- Muhammad Rafiq as Bengali
- Sajid Shah as Inspector
- Iqbal Motilani as Maulvi
- Anis Chachar as Captain Saleem
Film screenings overseas
The soundtrack is composed by Debojyoti Mishra and include the following songs:
|01||Teri Meri Preet||Shubha Mudgal||Debojyoti Mishra||5:34|
|02||Allah Megh De||Shubha Mudgal & Shafqat Amanat Ali||Debojyoti Mishra||4:41|
|03||Phir Wahi Raste||Shafqat Amanat Ali||Debojyoti Mishra||5:52|
|04||Khari Neem Key Neechay||Mai Bhagi||Debojyoti Mishra||5:24|
|05||Tarrin Paunda||Allan Fakir||Debojyoti Mishra||6:09|
|06||Meri Maat||Instrumental||Debojyoti Mishra||4:19|
This film won the following awards:
- FIPRESCI Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics at the Osian Film Festival, July, 2008
- Winner of Honourable Mention by the 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Award at the 2008 London Film Festival.
- Best Actor for Rashid Farooqi at the KaraFilm Festival, Pakistan, 2009
- Winner of Audience Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, March 2009.
- Winner of Special Mention by the Eucumenical Jury at the Fribourg International Film Festival March 2009.
- Winner of Special Mention by the E-Changer Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival in March 2009
- Ramchand Pakistani received a silver medal in the feature film category at the 2012 SAARC Film Awards.
- Rashid Farooqui received the award for best actor in the feature film at the 2012 SAARC Film Awards.
- Ramchand Pakistani won Best Film Award on Pakistan Media Award in 2010.
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- "Ramchand Pakistani Movie Review". The Times of India. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
- "Kolkata release of Pak film in limbo".
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- Ramchand Pakistani (2008) on IMDb website Retrieved 5 June 2019
- Awards for Ramchand Pakistani (2008 film) on IMDb website Retrieved 5 June 2019