By Selina Haider cross-posted from here
An enthusiastic applause followed soon after Mehreen Jabbar’s ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ ended in a in a packed downtown cinema in New York last night!
The movie had recently been nominated for the competition section of the Tribeca Film Festival 2008, New York.
The film portrays the story of a family torn apart as a father follows his son who had accidentally strayed across the border into India, and both get captured by the Indian authorities. Nandita Das from the acclaimed hits of the 1990s like Fire (1996) and Earth  plays the Pakistani mother stuggling for their freedom, and mourning their long absence. This story is said to be based on true events.
The film features many prominent Pakistani actors such as Rashid Farooqi, Noman Ijaz, Maria Wasti, Shahood Alvi, Tipu, Adarsh Ayaz, Saleem Mairaj, and of course the our little star, Syed Fazal Hussain who plays Ramchand.
Ramchand Pakistani might not invoke the same level of thought-provokation and enthusiasm as last year’s ‘Khuda Ke Liye’ did but it is set to lay bare a lot about the fact that several innocent people are detained by either of the two countries and tagged as ’spies’. Watch out for this one!
Title picture courtesy of http://tribecacinemas.com
Mehreen’s image courtesy of http://word.world-citizenship.org