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Ramchand Pakistani is derived from a true story concerning the accidental crossing of the Pakistan-Indian border during a period (June 2002) of extreme, 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 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 i.e. India, which is hostile to his own, while on the other side of the border, the wife-mother, devastated by their sudden disappearance builds a new chapter of her life, by her solitary struggle for sheer survival.
The film portrays the lives of a family that is at the bottom of a discriminatory religious ladder and an insensitive social system, which is nevertheless tolerant, inclusive and pluralist. The irony is compounded by the fact that such a family becomes hostage to the acrimonious political relationship between two neighbor-states poised on the brink of war. (Courtesy:Official page)
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|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|
|Anis Chachar as Captain Saleem|
|Iqbal Motilani as Maulvi|
Complete credited cast: NC
Film Details with Crew
October 2, 2008
Percept Picture Company
|Writer / Story:||
|Screenplay / Dialogues:||
Teri Meri Preet – Shubha Mudgal
Drama l Fiction
The story of Ramchan Pakistani revolves around a Hindu women Champa (Nandita Das) who is left desolate when her young son and husband disappear one day from their village at the Pakistan-India border near Nagarparkar, in Tharparkar. The film depicts the crossing of the Pakistan-India 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 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.
Honors and Awards
The film won the following awards:
- FIPRESCI Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics at the Osian Film Festival, July, 2008
- 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
- Audience Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, March 2009.
- Honourable Mention by the Eucumenical Jury at the Fribourg International Film Festival, March 2009.
- Honourable Mention by the E Changer Award at the Fribourg Int’l Film Festival, 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.