Percept's second Pakistani film released news
04 October 2008

Percept Picture Company's (PPC) Ramchand Pakistani, second Pakistani film after Khuda Kay Liye, was released in India on 2 October. Directed by Pakistani film-maker Mehreen Jabbar, the film was earlier slated for release on 22 August .

The film stars Bollywood actress Nandita Das, along with Pakistani actors Rashid Farooqui, Noman Ijaz, Maria Wasti, Navaid Jabbar and child actor Syed Fazal Hussain.

Percept Ltd joint managing director Shailendra Singh said, ''This film can't be counted as a conventional Pakistani film just because it has been made in Pakistan. This is a distinctive film with broad appeal. This film reflects the tragedy of hundreds of innocent people of either country who languish in jails of the other and the devastation for all their families.''

The plot of the movie is derived from a true story concerning the accidental crossing of the Indo-Pak border at time of extreme, war-like tension between the two countries. It revolves around the boy and his father from a Pakistani Hindu family belonging to the 'untouchable' caste, who accidentally cross the border into India from their village in Pakistan.

They end up spending five years in an Indian prison while the mother is left wondering about her husband's and son's whereabouts. The story aims to capture the plight of an eight-year old child who learns to cope with the trauma of forced separation from his mother while being held prisoner.

The film was selected for the narrative section of the Tribeca Film Festival 2008, New York and was also screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, June 2008 and 10th Osian Film Festival, New Delhi this July. It was selected for the Rhode August 2008 Island International Film Festival, USA as well.

The music of the film has been composed by Debajyoti Mishra and lyrics are by Anwar Maqsood. Shubha Mudgal and Shafqat Amanat Ali have given their voices to the music tracks and the film is written by Javed Jabbar.

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Percept's second Pakistani film released