Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Another Quality Movie; R A M C H A N D P A K I S T A N I

Last month peace niche screened the Ramchand Pakistani intro along with the short film ‘The Beauty Parlor’ followed by Q&A with Mahreen Jabbar at T2F.

I liked the Ramchand Pakistani plot based on true story, of course Nandati Das is the main cast, and how could I miss the movie. It has been released in US; hope to see it in Pakistani cinema soon.

‘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 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.

We just ignore that two Macho State dominated by Chauvinistic ego backed by power politics extremely affects the lives of ordinary people living on borders…….i think Mahreen has made a good effort.

Nadita’s performance seems to be strong and moving…..

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