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American Express Insider Center: Enjoy a Filmmaker Personality Interview with director Mehreen Jabbar and moderator Aseem Chhabra. April 24, 7:45 PM, at the American Express Insider Center, 27 Union Square West.
Director's Statement Collapse
This film has been an incredible journey in collaboration, between people as well as countries—, , and the . It is based on a real-life incident about a Pakistani Hindu father and son belonging to the 'untouchable' (Dalit) caste, who spent some years in an Indian jail, and the wife/mother who is left behind.
So what drew me to this story? For one, it was the simplicity of it: a family separated for no fault of their own and forcibly put into a situation where they have to deal with circumstances not of their making. With this simple story came layers upon layers of subtext—about relationships, discrimination, and the politics of the region—told not in a propagandist way but rather through the eyes of a child and a woman. Another is that I have always wanted to work with children because of the rawness and intelligence a good child actor can deliver. A lot of it has to do with being greatly moved and inspired by Iranian cinema and Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay. And finally, the challenge of shooting in
The challenges, in fact, were several: the declining state of Pakistan's film industry and the resulting poor technical facilities, cinemas being broken down to make way for shopping centers, and finding investors interested in a project unlike the typically formulaic song-and-dance film. In that regard, my father, Javed Jabbar, who wrote the first draft of the story and produced the film, was instrumental in approaching friends and colleagues from diverse sectors to invite them to join our family in investing in the project. I am deeply grateful to all of them for their vision and belief in the film.
The film's team, cast and crew, was comprised of a mixture of close friends and associates from the industry. For most, Ramchand Pakistani is the first feature film they have worked on.
Film Information Collapse
[RAMCH] | 2008 | 105 | Narrative Feature
Directed by: Mehreen Jabbar
Foreign Title: (Ramchand Pakistani)
Cast & Credits Collapse
Principal Cast Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqui, Syed Fazal Hussain, Maria Wasti, Noman Ijaz, Navaid Jabbar
Screenwriter Mohammad Ahmed
Producer Javed Jabbar
Editors Aseem Sinha, Mehreen Jabbar
Associate Producer Mariam Mukaty
Director of Photography Sofian Khan
Music Debajyoti Mishra