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Ramchand Pakistani wins hearts in Pakistan

world Updated: Jul 22, 2008 00:23 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

After Khuda Kiya Liya, it's Ramchand Pakistani that has touched a chord with critics as well as Pakistani people. The movie attracted a huge number people to its premiere show held on Sunday in Karachi.

Based on a true story set in Tharparkar, a bordering district of Pakistan, Ramchand Pakistani revolves around a family becoming hostage to the bitter political relationship between India and Pakistan after their young son Ramchand accidentally crosses the Indian border in 2002. In search of his son, the father crosses the border too where he is held by Indian police forces. The movie explores their trials in an Indian jail, while their mother, played by Nandita Das, waits for them on the other side of the border in Pakistan for four long years.

The movie, which was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was screened at the tenth Osian's Cinefilm festival in New Delhi recently, has won the International Award of Film Critics.

The movie has been appreciated by renowned television and film personalities at the premiere in Karachi. Some termed the movie a saviour of Pakistani cinema after Khuda ke Liye.

“The movie was great. I actually liked it more than Khuda Ke Liye,” said Marina Khan, a renowned television actress and hostess. The movie has been directed by Mehreen Jabbar, a debutante filmmaker who has directed several award-winning television plays.

Commenting on her experience with Pakistani actors and filmmakers, Nandita Das, the only Indian actor in the movie, said she was overwhelmed with the response from Pakistan, particularly Karachiites. “The people here appear more excited and enthusiastic,” said the critically acclaimed actress, surrounded by a number of fans waiting to be photographed with her.

“Pakistani films do not need promotion or endorsement from actors across the border and that a good Pakistani cinema will speak for itself,” she added.

Das appreciated the performance of young Syed Fazal Hussain, who plays the lead actor.

Rashid Farooqi, who plays Shankar (Ramchand's father), said he found the Indian actor extremely professional. "We have a lot to learn from them," said Farooqi, who has over 15 years of experience in television and theatre.