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Train to Pakistan (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 6 November 1998 (USA)
Seen from the eyes of Hukum Chand the District Magistrate it is an account of the turmoil faced by the inhabitants of village Mano Majra in Punjab on the Indo-Pak border during the period of partition after India attained independence.


Pamela Rooks


Pamela Rooks, Khushwant Singh (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohan Agashe ... Hukum Chand
Nirmal Pandey ... Jagat Singh
Rajit Kapoor ... Iqbal
Smriti Mishra Smriti Mishra ... Nooran
Divya Dutta ... Haseena
Mangal Dhillon Mangal Dhillon ... Indian police officer
Paritosh Sand Paritosh Sand
M.S. Sathyu M.S. Sathyu
Kamal Tiwari Kamal Tiwari
Suresh Jindal Suresh Jindal
Amardeep Jha
Sharda Desoares Sharda Desoares
Amit Kharbanda Amit Kharbanda
Ajaybir Singh Ajaybir Singh
Vijay Kapoor Vijay Kapoor ... Pakistani Officer


Seen from the eyes of Hukum Chand the District Magistrate it is an account of the turmoil faced by the inhabitants of village Mano Majra in Punjab on the Indo- Pak border during the period of partition after India attained independence. Sikhs and Muslims live in harmony in the village till a train full of dead people arrives from Pakistan. Some refugees also troop in from the border. Government plans to evacuate Muslims from the village to Pakistan to ensure their safety against the wishes of even the Sikh villagers. Some hotheaded Sikhs from outside the village hatch a plan to kill the Muslims on the train before it it sent to Pakistan. The Muslim lover of the village baddie Juggut Singh is supposed to be on the train. He single handedly foils the plan to butcher the train passengers sacrificing his own life in the process.

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6 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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In 1976, producer Ismail Merchant wanted to make the film "Train To Pakistan" with Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi,Poonam Dhillon,Utpal Dutt,Zohra Sehgal and Shaukat Azmi, directed by Zafar Hai. The project was dropped for unknown reasons. See more »

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Poorly directed and a poor script
14 September 2007 | by parveensodhiSee all my reviews

The script is full of foul language, even if it is Punjabi (which is to indicate that the village is in Punjab). It feels as if the director is patronising you, and that the viewer has to be reminded again and again that the villagers were uneducated. The acting, especially that of Nirmal Panday, is simply awful; which is confusing as the actors are very capable and some even distinguished. They are directed to soap opera standards. Nirmal Panday leaves a lot to be desired; it feels as if he has just walked his character off of the sets of Bandit Queen and into Train To Pakistan. The crudeness and cackling is still all there! Since 1946, Punjab was suffering from communal violence all over as individual sides were carrying out 'eye for an eye' killings and looting by mostly gangsters. They looted villages and carried onto the next; Punjab was a bloodbath and vultures circulated the area for years (the North Western Frontier violence was ongoing since 1946, just as in Calcutta, Bihar, Bengal and Bombay). So it is confusing at how relaxed the villagers are before the trains come in! The film fails to capture Kushwant Singh's emotions and human tragedies. To pitch this film against Deepa Mehta's 1947 Earth, there is no comparison. Deepa Mehta probably unintentionally paid more homage to Kushwant Singh than Pamela Rooks has, and it's a shame, as the novel readers probably already know.

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