The film was made to commemorate the golden jubilee of Indian Independence,
but Train To Pakistan, with its humanist message, remains a film for
all times. Based on the novel by Khushwant Singh, the film has a message that
transcends the border of the little village where the action takes place.
It is the summer of 1947. The border with Pakistan has become a scene of rioting
and bloodshed. But in the village where Sikhs and Muslims have always lived
peacefully together, partition does not mean much. Life is regulated by the
trains that rattle across the nearby bridge.
Then, a local moneylender is murdered. Suspicion falls upon Juggut Singh, the
village gangster, who, when not in jail, is carrying on a clandestine affair
with a Muslim girl. A train comes to their village at an unusual time and the
villagers find it full of dead bodies of Sikhs. Some days later, the same thing
happens again. The village becomes a battlefield of conflicting loyalties and
neither the magistrate nor the police are able to control the rising tide of
violence. Juggut Singh sacrifices himself and saves the lives of many Muslims.
This is Pamela Rooks' second feature film, her first being the critically acclaimed
Miss Beatty's Children, which won the National Award for the Best First
Film of a director and for the Best Cinematography in 1993.
Direction / Screenplay: Pamela Rooks
Story: Khushwant Singh
Music: Kuldip Singh, Taufiq Qureshi
Cast: Nirmal Pandey, Mohan Agashe, Ranjit Kapur, Smriti Mishra