This film is about the difficult situation in which Pakistains in particular and the Muslims in general are caught up since 9/11. There is a war going on between the Fundamentalists and the Liberal Muslims. This situation is creating a drift not only between the western world and the Muslims but also within the Muslim community. The educated and modern Muslims are in a difficult situation because of their approach towards life and their western attire. They are criticized and harassed by the fundamentalists on the other hand the western world sees them as potential suspects of terrorism just because of their Muslim names.The interesting thing about this film is how it connects the happenings the three contients, unlike the Indian and Pakistani films based on romantic sagas, dances and songs, this film is based on some very serious issues, raising controversial questions engaging Muslim minds these days.
Ramchand Pakistani is derived from a true story concerning the accidental crossing of the Pakistan _ Indian border during a period (June 2002) of extreme, war-like tension between the two countries by two memebers of a Pakistani Hindu family belonging to the 'untouchable' (Dalit) caste, and the extraordinary consequences of this unintended action upon the lives of a woman, a man, and their son. The singular theme of the film is how a children from Pakistan aged eight years learns to cope with the trauma of forced separation from his mother while being held prisoner, along with his father in the uail of a country i.e. India, which is hostile of his own, while on the other side of the border, the wife-mother, devastated by their sudden disappearance builds a new chapter of her life, by her solitary struggle for sheer survival. Belonging to one of the lowest castes in Hinduism (one of the "untouchables") the family also part of a small minority of Hindus in a country, which is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in which 97% of the people are Muslims. The boy and his father are held captive in India where, in contrast to Pakistan, the overwhelming majority of about 80% comprises of Hindus. The film portrays the lives of a family is at the bottom of a discriminatory religious ladder and an insensitive social system, which is nevertheless tolerant, inclusive and pluralist. The irony is compounded by fact that such a family becomes ostage to the acrimonious political relationship between two neighbor-states poised on the brink of war.
Jahangir Khan, called "Abbaji" as a title of respect, is a powerful and influential Mumbai (the Indian name for Bombay)-based gangster involved in serval criminal activities. Through the cooperation of two prophesying policemen (and through them, conncection to national politicians), he has never been arrested, and carries on, knowing that money and bribes will assist him throughout his life. Things turn ugly when his mistress, Nimmi, starts to have an affair with one of his men, Maqbool, who has aspirations of succeding Abbaji one day. Things come to a boil, Maqbool kills Abbaji, and his dreams come true when he takes over as the new underworld leader, without realizing that he, too, he become a target of anothr faction of Abbaji's men.