Movie Lover wrote on Sep 26 2008 12:15PM
Ramchand Pakistani is based on a true story about the accidental crossing of the Pakistan-Indian border during a period (June 2002) of extreme, war-like tension and hostility between the two neighbouring countries by two members of a Pakistani Hindu family belonging to the 'untouchable' (Dalit) caste, and the extraordinary consequences of this unintended and accidental action upon the lives of a woman, a man, and their son.
The underlying theme of the film is how a eight year old child from Pakistan learns to cope with the trauma of forced separation from his mother while being held prisoner, along with his father in the jail of another country (India), which is hostile to his own, while on the other side of the border, the wife-mother, devastated by their sudden disappearance starts a new chapter in her life, based on her entirely personal struggle for survival.
The film also portrays the lives of a family that is at the bottom of a discriminatory religious and community ladder and an often insensitive social system, which is nevertheless tolerant, inclusive and pluralist. The irony is compounded by the fact that such a family becomes hostage and helpless witness to the acrimonious political relationship between two neighbour-states poised on the brink of war.