Author: Pamela Rooks
Contributor(s)/Artis: Nirmal Pandey / Raja Kapoor / Divya Dutta
Publisher: Eagle Video
ISBN/UPC (if available): EDVD T0086
Based on the novel by Khushwant Singh, this feature film by Pamela Rooks was nominated as Best Film of the Year 1999. The Backdrop is 1947 - A country is divided, and a ghost train the last link.
Tensions run high near the border of British India which is about to be partitioned with a new country called Pakistan. Sikhs living in this border town have heard numerous stories of Muslims killing, rapping, and looting other Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians, and many of whom are their friends and relatives. Enraged at the loss of law and order, they plan their own attack on a train full of Muslims leaving British India. The train is overcrowded with tens and thousands of migrating passengers, who are even perched on the windows and seated on the roof of this train. The plot is to tear the bridge down when the train is on it, and no one will dare stop these men to carry out this horrific task
The fact is, both sides killed. Both shot and stabbed and speared and clubbed. Both tortured. Both raped. By the summer of 1947..ten million people - Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs - were in flight. Almost a million of them were dead.