Also Known As: The Crossing, Saahil
Category: Feature Film
As darkness falls in a small village in Bihar, the landlord's henchmen set the huts of poor harijan labourers on fire; people are pulled out of their hiding places and gunned down. In the cover of darkness, only a handful escape the holocaust, among them, Nauragia and his pregnant wife, Rama. Their odyssey takes them ultimately to Calcutta.
The government has announced compensation for the victims of the massacre. Fed up of being on the run, Naurangia wants to go back to the village. However, Rama is reluctant, as she fears for their lives, Naurangia spends days futilely looking for employment. With starvation starting them in the face, even Rama is now willing to go back. But where is the money for the fare? At the end of one more long and hopeless day, Naurangia is offered an absurd job. A herd of swine has to be delivered to the other side of the river. The ferries refuse to take animals on board. So the herd must be manually driven across. Rama is at first scared of the wide river in front of them. What if she loses the baby? But Naurangia is adamant. On this side of the river there is hunger - on the other, money to take them home. They have no choice.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Utpal Dutt, Mohan Agashe, Om Puri, Anil Chatterjee