Starring: Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqi, Syed Fazal Hussain, Navaid Jabbar, Maria Wasti
In 2002 after alleged Pakistani terrorists stormed into the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, tensions between the two countries arose. The Indo-Pak border is dotted with small Dalit-Hindu villages who do not know the difference between India and Pakistan. Shankar (Farooqi) was one such farmer cum teacher residing in one of these villages with his wife Champa (Das) and mischievious son Ramchand (Hassain). Ramchand gets upset when his parents forced him to go to school and aimlessly wanders around and unknowingly crosses the border. His father sees him from a distance and chases him and both get apprehended by the Indian Army for illegal border crossing and are held up in prison indefinitely. Over the years, Ramchand becomes a prison favourite and most of the inmates and guards take a fonding for him. The movie is the very typical low-budget film made by a director from a third-world country which gained a lot of appreciation and awards in various European film festivals. Once you get hold of the plot in the first 20 minutes, you know exactly what you are in for and what the final outcome is going to be. The movie is a good attempt but gets slow and dragged with no constant fresh developments and seems monotonous after a while. A good movie in the eyes of a movie critic, but can be a bore for the average audience. Based on a true life story.
Thumbs up: Great performances
Thumbs down: Slow and slightly boring after a while