Picking up the PiecesByMoazzam HusainAcrossBorders Marketing1461 A First Avenue, #360New York, NY 10021-2209ph: + 1815 642...
The High ConceptWhat if two parts of a country go to war with each other? What if at the height of thiscivil war a powerfu...
ANGRY NOISESBastards, Drunkards, Disgraceful, ShameINT. AUDITORIUM - DAYA riot like situation; Junior army officers of the...
the headline. She drops the paper, turns around and runs back inside.An elderly man answers the phone. Starts trembling on...
on a cold Rawalpindi evening. The men are visibly suffering from sleep deficit. Theblinds are closed and the room is dimly...
BHUTTOI am afraid the situation is far graver than youthink, General. The people will not accept you inany capacity. I hav...
Bhutto is holding up his palm sideways. Realising that he is gettingcarried away with words he pauses. Regains composure, ...
ceremony today, President Ayub Khan swore inGeneral Yahya Khan as the Commander in Chief of thePakistan Army. Yahya Khan b...
SUPERIMPOSE: GOVERNMENT HOUSE, RAWALPINDIINT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE, NIGHTA plush cocktail lounge, while people stand chatting ...
farmers and the consequences will tell on citieswhere the population is vocal. The majority of peoplelive in the countrysi...
urgency for new legislation. See...ourmanifesto..it requires a lot of legislation to bein place, old laws reviewed. Mahmud...
to stay in Lahore. He will undermine Khar and goafter his weak spots. Meanwhile he will positionhimself as an alternate ca...
Child, all this land belongs to our people. Thetribes of Baluchistan.CHILDAs far as I can see?GRANDFATHERYes all of it. An...
CHILDHow many men do the Bugtis have in all?GRANDFATHER[laughing] oh very manyCHILDFather said we will kill them all.GRAND...
Bhutto is looking at the wall map of Baluchistan, he seems abit restless now.RAFIYes tough nuts. Sardar Marri is downright...
90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war are held inIndia, which has also occupied thousands of squaremiles of Pakistani territor...
Yes I believe nine hundred million dollars.AGN KAZIYes Sir and military equipment worth billions ofRupees was destroyed in...
MUBASHIR[speaking into the phone]Yes put me through to thepresident.INT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE – DAYBhutto is on his desk whil...
A white haired Rahim pauses to pull out his glasses from a case. ThenContinuesRAHIMthey siphon away their profits abroadRa...
Rahim nods as he makes a mental note of the point.QAMAR UL ISLAMSecondly, how do we propose to compensate theowners, if at...
A sentry raises a barrier and salutes.SUPERIMPOSE: December 27, 1971.The car comes to a stop outside what looks like an ar...
your help. If the Indians put me in jail...you willfight for me.BHUTTOWe will fight together Mujib.Mujibs eyes nervously d...
The officer opens the door for Bhutto.BHUTTOyou and I will try harder to reach an understandingwhenever we meet again.Bhut...
each enterprise will be distributed amongst itsworkers. This has been done in other countries.QAMAR UL ISLAMSeparately or ...
Shot of Wall Street Journal front page story - Pakistans credit ratingplummets in London and New York.Dawn Newspaper Story...
retire.MUJIBI told you there is no objection. My idea was thatwe will live together and we will rule thiscountry. This har...
MUJIB VO OSTo my people. To the sweet smell of of my soil..EXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAYA plane takes off. The rest of Mu...
update Rafi and Rahim what you were telling me.MUBASHIRYes, its this question of the debt. Bangladeshshould pick up its st...
Close up shot shows heading: TOP SECRET - Inter Services Intelligence.He holds up the folder.BHUTTOOur POWs live in pucca ...
Still shot, Bhutto shakes hands with Chairman Mao.MAO V.OBecome a Champion of Afro Asian Solidarity.EXT. PUBLIC RALLY – DA...
We finally see the face of the speaker. An emotionally chargedman with a trimmed black beard is ranting into the microphon...
DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.ONow the biggest goonda in the province, GhulamMustafa Khar is threatening our provincial Amir, SyedAsad ...
Bhutto sits on a sofa reads Hitlers Mein Kampf.Shots of paintings. French warfare in the 18th century.Bhutto picks out a b...
BHUTTO V.O.There will no longer be an absence of clear thinkingfrom our side.Bhutto speaking to military officers as they ...
The red fort in Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the QutubMinar.BHUTTO V.O.And we ourselves have ruled them for eightcenturies.Close ...
Laughter.GENERAL 3No no, itll be on tractors and buses. This isTikkas army not Mahmud of Ghaznavi.More laughter.GENERAL 2S...
STATISTICS FOR "PICKING UP THE PIECES"Speaking Roles: 40 Scenes: 44 Words: 8.1kDialogue Words 4572 57%Action Words 2816 35...
Location Report for Picking up the PiecesINT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE4 reps5.6 minutes (12.2%)Dialogue:BHUTTO, RAFI, MAHMUD ALI ...
BHUTTO, MUJIB, MUJIB VO OS, , MUJIB VOEXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAY2 reps0.8 minutes (1.7%)Dialogue:NARRATOR,Modifiers:DA...
EXT. VAST OPEN TERRAIN - DAY4.2 minutes (9.1%)Dialogue:CHILD, GRANDFATHER, BHUTTO, RAFI, GRANDFATHER O.SINT. INSIDE THE CA...
Outline for Picking up the PiecesINT. AUDITORIUM - DAYINT. STOCK SHOTS - NEWSPAPERSEXT. CROWDS RIOT OUTSIDE HOUSE - DAYMON...
EXT. PUBLIC RALLYINT. OFFICE DESKEXT. PUBLIC RALLYINT. PRISON CELLINT. OFFICE DESKEXT. OUTSIDE DR NAZIRS CLINIC - NIGHTINT...
Speaking Roles for Picking up the PiecesBHUTTOScenes: 9 Lines: 50 Words: 1273Primary InteractionsMUJIBRAFIMUBASHIRScenes: ...
Primary InteractionsBHUTTOHAMIDAGN KAZIScenes: 2 Lines: 7 Words: 179Primary InteractionsMUBASHIRMAHMUD ALI KASURIScenes: 3...
DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O ON RADIOScenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 54GENERAL 1Scenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 45Primary InteractionsGENERAL 2G...
MUJIB VOScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 54Primary InteractionsBHUTTOBHUTTOS V.OScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 46MAO V.OScenes: 1 Line...
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This is a partial Film Script I wrote for a docu drama. It depicts the challenges faced in the early days of the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's PPP government in 1970, and how so little has changed in todays Pakistan

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  1. 1. Picking up the PiecesByMoazzam HusainAcrossBorders Marketing1461 A First Avenue, #360New York, NY 10021-2209ph: + 1815 642 1388fax: +1 815 550 8908marketing@acrossborders.bizPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.1
  2. 2. The High ConceptWhat if two parts of a country go to war with each other? What if at the height of thiscivil war a powerful neighbor invades and breaks up the country into two partsleaving it defeated and humiliated. Its economy is bankrupt and its people have beenleft despairing, restive and angry.In many ways the crisis Pakistan faces in 1971 is the worst in history. It is now left toZulfiqar Ali Bhutto to manage the aftermath of the crisis once the fighting is over.Bhutto is an unorthodox player who has been dealt a poor hand. He has one chance toplay it. It is now time for the audience to judge how well he plays his hand.As Bhutto begins to pick up the pieces, he faces one obstacle after another. At stake isthe survival of the country that is going to pieces. An episodic series of events followas he attempts to chart out a destiny for his country and regain its lost glory.This 60 minute docu-drama recreates some of those episodic moments that makehistory. It is intended to be complemented by 30 minutes of intervening discussions,interviews and narrative to complete a 2 part TV series on this important chapter inhistory.To ensure historical accuracy, the events are taken from authoritative, mostlypublished sources. A key one that deserves mention is Professor Stanley Wolpert’s“Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan”, which remains the most authoritative and best researchedwork on the subject.The screenwriter, Moazzam Husain is a student of History and Political Science. He isalso a Business Manager, an Entrepreneur and Marketing consultant.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.2
  3. 3. ANGRY NOISESBastards, Drunkards, Disgraceful, ShameINT. AUDITORIUM - DAYA riot like situation; Junior army officers of the RawalpindiGarrison are hooting down Lieutenant General Hamid Khan fromthe podium.His composure together with that of other senior generalssitting in the front row has completely collapsed.SUPERIMPOSE: National Defense College Rawalpindi; December 20, 1971. 4 daysafter the fall of Dhaka.INT. STOCK SHOTS - NEWSPAPERSDhaka falls. Niazi surrenders to Indian Armed forcesNiazi lays down armsSurrender in the EastEXT. CROWDS RIOT OUTSIDE HOUSE – DAYANGRY MANDeath to Yahya Khan.Traitor, coward.The man violently sprinkles petrol from a jerry can into theplants along the boundary wall.Another man pelts a lit molotov cocktail across the boundarywall.A brick hits the name plate: General Yahya Khan.Another brick smashes the light on the gate pillar above.Men are jumping over the boundary wall.EXT CAMERA PANS OUT TO FULL VIEWCrowds are setting fire to General Yahyas house in Peshawar.MONTAGE OF SHOTS - PUBLIC REACTS TO DEFEATA young woman picks up the morning paper. Her face turns pale as she scansPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.3
  4. 4. the headline. She drops the paper, turns around and runs back inside.An elderly man answers the phone. Starts trembling on receiving thehorrifying news. Sits down and loosens tie to regain composure.A group of young boys pelts stones at a military truck.College students in a class hear the news from a late arrivingcolleague. They pick up their things and walk out.EXT. - CROWD DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE GOVERNOR HOUSE, LAHORE– DAYANGRY MAN 1If the army can’t fight the Indians, give us theweapons...ANGRY MAN 1Bring out the weapons...give us the weapons tofight.EXT CAMERA PANS OUT TO FULL VIEWA large crowd demonstrates outside the gate of a large colonialmansion.SUPERIMPOSE: PUNJAB GOVERNOR HOUSE, LAHORECUT TO:EXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAY – DAYA Boeing 707 carrying Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto approaches to land.Large crowds have gathered to receive.Bhutto is seen leaving the airport in a blue Mercedes driven by MustafaKhar.INT. INSIDE THE CAR – DAYWe are now on the back seat of the Mercedes with Khar at the wheel. Thecar approaches the gate of the Presidents house that is invisible behindhigh barbed wire walls.A sentry opens the gate to let the car in.INT. INSIDE THE PRESIDENTS HOUSE - DAYIn a plush parlour room Generals Yahya and Hamid Khan are sipping brandyPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.4
  5. 5. on a cold Rawalpindi evening. The men are visibly suffering from sleep deficit. Theblinds are closed and the room is dimly lit with lamps while flames of a log fire dancein the fireplace. An air of despair & dejection clouds the room.As Bhutto enters, both rise to receive him. Clad in an immaculate blacksuit, Bhutto is composed and unnerved.As the men exchange greetings, Yahya nods and gestures Bhutto to the seatadjacent him. Instead Bhutto walks to the opposite side and comfortably occupies alarge leather armchair near the fireplace.Some fumbling is heard among the Generals as they adjust themselves. There are afew seconds of tense silence until Yahya opens the dialogue.YAHYAWe were overwhelmed in the Eastern sector.The population was against us. World opinion wasagainst us. But now we must make amends and learnfrom our mistakes. At this point the army must takea back seat and the elected representatives must bebrought in to run the country.A brief pause and then General Hamid elaborates for himHAMIDThe conditions are anarchic. The situation is noteasy to control especially for a civilianadministration. So the civilian set up will needthe strong backing of the Army. What the Presidentis proposing...Yahya gestures Hamid to stop and himself continues...YAHYAThe country needs a new constitution. I shallpromulgate a new constitution tomorrow and we needyou to take charge as Prime Minister. [PAUSES]YAHYAUpon assuming charge you will call for a session ofthe national assembly and seek a vote ofconfidence.[PAUSES]YAHYAAfter that Martial law will be lifted and I shallremain only as President.Bhutto is gazing at the palm of his hand. As he begins to speak, his gazeremains fixed on his palm as if reading from a book.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.5
  6. 6. BHUTTOI am afraid the situation is far graver than youthink, General. The people will not accept you inany capacity. I have to tell you that your time isup and you must step aside. We need a clean break.YAHYAI know the situation.The intelligence reports ISI,the MI tell me...look I am also aware that you andI have to handle it together.It will be difficultbut we can do it. That was the basis on which youcontested elections.BHUTTOYes but the emergence of Bangladesh has changed allthat.BHUTTOWe are looking at a different situation today.BHUTTOIf I have to make a new beginning, I need full andeffective control of the entire administration. ThePPP has a monumental agenda and people are waitingfor results.BHUTTOI have no time to waste.YAHYADo you think the Presidents job is easy? Speciallyin the present circumstances?Bhutto looks away.YAHYAOk Ok. So become President in my place, but youneed me to remain C in C and CMLA. At least for awhile until we lift martial law. The situation istenuous and you need the army.Bhutto now looks straight at YahyaBHUTTOBut the army is not with you. Rahim and Gul Hassanhave spoken clearly. Gul Hassan is in control ofthe GHQ and strongly feels you must go. SeveralBrigadiers are threatening to march to Rawalpindito get rid of you. If this goes public, ....Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.6
  7. 7. Bhutto is holding up his palm sideways. Realising that he is gettingcarried away with words he pauses. Regains composure, then in a low toneof voiceBHUTTOLet me show you a glimpse of the future: if youdont step aside, there will be anarchy within thearmy possibly another Civil war in West Pakistan.Your own people will oust you and try you for thebreakup of Pakistan.BHUTTOOn the other hand, my offer to you is this: Resign,and you will not be persecuted. You have my word onthat.BHUTTOAnd that is final.We gradually move to close view of Yahyas dejected face. Extreme closeup.DISSOLVE TO:Passing out parade, Indian Military Academy,Dehra Dun, 1939.A young officer cadet walks up to a stage, salutes. The senior officerreturns the salute and pins ranks on young Yahyas shoulder.VOPassing out, 2nd Lieutenant, Agha Mohammad YahyaKhanDISSOLVE TO:A young army captain leading his troops to the war front.VOMore news from action in the East, this morning 2infantry battalions of the East Bengal Rifles successfullyrepelled an enemy counteroffensive in Mandalay.This is the BBC world service.DISSOLVE TO:President Ayub Khan pins ranks on General Yahya KhanRADIO NEWSREADER V.OThis is Radio Pakistan, first the headlines. In aPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.7
  8. 8. ceremony today, President Ayub Khan swore inGeneral Yahya Khan as the Commander in Chief of thePakistan Army. Yahya Khan brings a distinguishedmilitary record...A few men clad in warm shawls sitting on a charpai (string bed) at a tea stall listento President Ayubs speech, 1969 as he hands over reins of power toGeneral Yahya. [Actual footage]DISSOLVE TO:Dissolves back to close up of Yahyas dejected face.YAHYAS VOICE O.S.Today, I General Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan,President of Pakistan relinquish all powers to...Voice morphs to BhuttosINT - PEOPLE WATCH BHUTTOS SPEECH ON TV – DAYBHUTTOS SPEECH FOOTAGEWe are facing the worst crisis in the countryslife, a deadly crisis. We have to pick up thepieces, but we will make a new Pakistan, aprosperous & progressive Pakistan, a Pakistan freefrom exploitation..MONTAGE - CROWDS CHEERING BHUTTOAddressing rally in Lahore - crowds cheer.Addressing people on TV –Celebrations in progress.Addressing parliament – Thumping ApplauseEXT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ESTABLISHING, NIGHTWe open on a night shot of a sprawling colonial mansion.The lights are on and we hear the chatter of voices from theinside.A stately black car enters the house to drop off a dignitary.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.8
  9. 9. SUPERIMPOSE: GOVERNMENT HOUSE, RAWALPINDIINT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE, NIGHTA plush cocktail lounge, while people stand chatting in smallgroups, the mood is sombre and serious.We gradually close in on one group in the centre of the room.Standing together with glasses in hand are Bhutto, Rafi Raza,Mubashir Hassan and Mustafa Khar.BHUTTONo no no Rafi. We cannot scrap Martial law thisearly. We need a constitutional arrangement in placebefore that.... besides I need Martial law powers todeal with many things. We have to tackle prioritiesfirst.KHARThere is crisis in the army. People want to see someheads roll. We have to retire some Generals, appointa new C in C... otherwise God knows what will happenif we dont act fast.BHUTTOYes leave that one with me. Im meeting Gul Hasan andJilani later today to finalise that.BHUTTOPeople are restless, their dreams have beenshattered. Now they see hope and they want to seeresults.KHARThere are shortages of wheat, sugar and electricity.Prices are rising.BHUTTONot good. This will aggravate the situation. Agovernment in Pakistan can handle all problems but itcannot cope with a genuine shortage of wheat or aserious rise in its price.KHARSo give more incentives to farmers. More land undercultivation, more irrigation water.BHUTTOCareful. Careful. Give too many concessions toPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.9
  10. 10. farmers and the consequences will tell on citieswhere the population is vocal. The majority of peoplelive in the countryside but it is the cities andtowns that bring revolution.Pauses while the others listen attentively.BHUTTOSo increase production but maintain reasonableprices. Use subsidies or some other means. Mubashir, I want you to call aconference in January. Involve the provincial governments... the ministry ofagriculture, finance...yes involve the planning commission as well.BHUTTOGet everyone around the table and consider everything... yields per acre,irrigation water, additional water reservoirs, the landlord tenantequation...review the wheat problem top to bottom. Then crack it before itcracks us.We are now viewing the grand old mansion from the outsidegarden. Light filters out from the windows as we hear thesound of crickets in the foliage on this cold Rawalpindinight. Bhuttos voice is still coming through from inside.BHUTTO V.OBesides I do not want to rely on wheat supplies underUS PL 480 program. Yes and dovetail this exercisewith our land reforms program which we plan tounfold.INT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE - DAYSentry stands guard. The door opens and Mahmud Ali Kasuri steps inside andstops in his feet. A young man in uniform appears right behind him. He isthe ADC to President.ADC[standing in attention posture, raises his voice]Mr President, Mr Mahmud Ali Kasuri.As soon as the brief announcement is over Mahmud Ali Kasuri walks up tothe President, shakes hands and is gestured to occupy the seat across thetable.The adjacent one is occupied by a man with black wavy hair in thick rimmedglasses.BHUTTOCome in Mahmud. Rafi and I were discussing thePicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.10
  11. 11. urgency for new legislation. See...ourmanifesto..it requires a lot of legislation to bein place, old laws reviewed. Mahmud for you I wantto give you the law ministry. You have struggledfor civil liberties and your role at the time wewrote the manifesto, I need you to get things inplace quickly.Mahmud is taken aback, almost as if disappointed.MAHMUD ALI KASURIWell then how about Rafi? Hes cut out for the jobbetter than the rest of us.BHUTTONo no, I have other work for Rafi. I want you to dothis.MAHMUD ALI KASURIThank you for the offer but Id much rather stay inLahore at this stage...BHUTTOMahmud, the partys interest is supreme at themoment. Sort out the law ministry for me first. Wecan look at your preferences and other appointmentsat a later stage.Mahmud considers for a few seconds, then,MAHMUD ALI KASURIThank you. Itll be as you wish.BHUTTOMahmud, with you there Ill be more at ease.Kasuri leaves.Bhutto turns to Rafi.BHUTTOSee how he wanted to stay in Lahore to control theprovince.RAFII am not sure he could be thinking of such thingsthis early.BHUTTORafi I know Punjab politics well. The bastard wantsPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.11
  12. 12. to stay in Lahore. He will undermine Khar and goafter his weak spots. Meanwhile he will positionhimself as an alternate candidate for the PunjabGovernership. I know their minds. I know thesetactics.RAFISo now at least youve got Punjab sorted out, withMustafa Khar as Governor.A bunch of newspapers lie on his desk and Bhutto picks up one. He glancesat a story on the back page.BHUTTOIm more worried about... about Balochistan. Thetribes...they are restive and the tribal chiefs, thesardars are defiant. Yet we need to do business withKhair Bukhsh Marri, Attaulla Mengal and AkbarBugti.DISSOLVE TO:EXT. VAST OPEN TERRAIN – DAYWe open on an aerial view. Vast expanse of parched red rockand sand terrain.As we descend we can see the contours of the land. Sand dunes,rocks and small barren hills in the distance. A consistentjingle of a bell around a camels neck can be heard.SUPERIMPOSE: Baluchistan, United India 1943As we come down further a man leads the camel by the reinwalks barefoot crossing the desert. The man is about 60, witha white beard, wearing flowing white robes and a white turban.A child about 10 years old is on the camel back.CHILDGrandpa, how much longer now?GRANDFATHERBe patient. You will see the stars come out in thesky, we have a lot of land to cover before that.CHILDSo much land. Grandpa whose land is this?GRANDFATHERPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.12
  13. 13. Child, all this land belongs to our people. Thetribes of Baluchistan.CHILDAs far as I can see?GRANDFATHERYes all of it. And all that is beneath it and allthat is above it.Child looks up at the day sky, his eyes half shut as heovercomes the glare.CHILDIncluding the sky grandpa?GRANDFATHERYesCHILDAnd the stars? Do they also belong to the tribes?GRANDFATHERYes. The stars that are above the land of eachtribe...those belong to that tribe.CHILDAnd what is under the land, that belongs to us.Mans bare feet on the parched sand dunes.GRANDFATHERAll the treasures that may be found.CHILDHow many tribes are there grandpa?GRANDFATHER[pointing] See in the direction of the sun? That wayare the Marris. On this side, behind those hills arethe Bugtis. On the left, the Raisanis, and behindus....where we came from are the Jamalis and theKhetrans.CHILDThe Bugtis? Arent they the ones who killed chahcha?GRANDFATHERYes, that was his fate. Then we killed three of theirmen the following month. That was their fate.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.13
  14. 14. CHILDHow many men do the Bugtis have in all?GRANDFATHER[laughing] oh very manyCHILDFather said we will kill them all.GRANDFATHERWe killed more than they killed ours. Then the twosides agreed on peace. So now the Sardar says thereis to be no more killing.CHILDBut grandpa, mother says now they are going to buildPakistan. Then things will be better. All the peopleare saying that we will become Pakistan.GRANDFATHER[laughing] Nothing will be built here. Nothing willchange, this is the land of our forefathers. Pakistanor no Pakistan, this land is ours. Pakistan is onlythe name of a government. Many governments have comeand gone...but our land has remained.CHILDGrandpa,what is government?GRANDFATHERThe government?...are ...they are the people inuniform. Who move around in those metal buggies thathave no horses.We start zooming out to the aerial view.CHILD[laughing] and they wear those funny hats. Butgrandpa, why do we need those people? ...Government.Pakistan.Vast expanse of parched red rock and sand terrain.GRANDFATHER O.SThey come when the tribes fight each other. When ourSardars cannot resolve the differences with eachother.... the government comes to our land....Aerial view morphs to map of Baluchistan.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.14
  15. 15. Bhutto is looking at the wall map of Baluchistan, he seems abit restless now.RAFIYes tough nuts. Sardar Marri is downright abrasive. Icannot think of any man who speaks to you in thattone....and the way you restrain yourself..its...itsremarkable.BHUTTOI have no choice. Our party hasnt made any inroadsinto the province. We dont have a constituencythere, you know... nothing to hold onto... So we haveto negotiate with the top. I have no leverage.RAFISo how should we deal with them?We see Bhuttos back standing as he looks out from thewindow.We see his face from outside the window. The camera cominggradually closer. His gaze is fixed looking up and to theleft. The calm has returned to his face as if hes found theanswer to something he was contemplating.BHUTTO[speaks his words slowly while in deep thought]When you have no leverage, divide them. Look for theslightest rift, [pause] then drive a wedge into it.EXT. STOCK SHOTS - UN BUILDING – DAYStock shot. Under the UN building in New York looking up.Beside the main entrance to the building, flags of UN member countriesflutter in the wind.Inside the building. An empty hall of the UN General Assembly, unoccupiedseats, a lone Pakistani nameplate.NARRATORIf ever a nation has been friendless, it isPakistan after the 1971 Civil war. Its statusreduced to a pariah.Sprawling POW campsNARRATORPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.15
  16. 16. 90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war are held inIndia, which has also occupied thousands of squaremiles of Pakistani territory.INT. OFFICE DESK – DAYFinance minister Mubashir is at his desk. On his table a heap of filesmarked urgent, on his right, 3 telephone sets. Opposite him sits SecretaryFinance AGN Kazi and M.M. Ahmad, Advisor to the GOP on finance.AGN KAZIUnder normal circumstances, the agricultureconference on wheat is a good idea.. butnowadays... we have no resources ...well...how willwe implement the recommendations?MUBASHIRHow much money do we have remaining from thebudget?AGN KAZINothing. There is nothing left. The government isin red. In the last six months, the previousgovernment exhausted the budget...the war was on,there were unusual demands on our resources.Everything depleted fast...gone within weeks...Nowvery little revenue is coming in. Whatever iscoming in we are using to meet defense needs…MUBASHIRRightly so. The Indian army is still within ourborders. But how does one run a government withoutmoney? Nothing is coming in taxes?AGN KAZISir the post war economy is performing at a slowpace. Business losses have accumulated. Businessescan hardly survive. Those that do are unable to paytaxes.MUBASHIRAhmad, how about foreign inflows?M.M AHMAD[shaking his head]Sir we are behind on our paymentsfor the last 7 months. The donors are now cautious.Besides the government borrowed heavily during thewar effort.MUBASHIRPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.16
  17. 17. Yes I believe nine hundred million dollars.AGN KAZIYes Sir and military equipment worth billions ofRupees was destroyed in the war.MUBASHIRBut immediately we must stabilise wheat prices.Otherwise as the President has warned, therell bemayhem. We have only 3 months of stock right?AGN KAZIThat is correct sir. But on account of poorharvest, we will continue to face shortages.MUBASHIRHmmm. That means we must import.M.M AHMADSir well need to pay for that in cash. No countrywill accept our cheque in these circumstances.MUBASHIRAid?M.M AHMAD[shakes his head ]The flow of aid has ceased. Evencommitted aid is not being disbursed.MUBASHIRAnd for what reason?AGN KAZIWell mainly on account of our default. But alsobecause...of the exchange rate. Donors want us todevalue.MUBASHIRA decision previous governments have beenconsistently avoiding. Devalue. Easy to say. Now wehave to also swallow that bitter pill. We aredealing with major vested interest there. Thismultiple rate regime favours the big capitalist...buy cheap and sell dear. Devaluation will underminethe vested interest... besides it will also hit thecommon man. I can only visit that subject once ourgovernment is sufficiently stable to deal with thepolitical upheaval that will follow.Mubashir picks up the phone.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.17
  18. 18. MUBASHIR[speaking into the phone]Yes put me through to thepresident.INT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE – DAYBhutto is on his desk while Rafi and Rahim are sitting across.RAFISo where do we begin?BHUTTOThank God for the manifesto... our party programmewas prepared for this.Looks at Rahim as he speaks the words. Rahim takes off his glasses to lookup as Bhutto addresses him. He has a questioning look on his face as ifsaying "Does it?"EXT. STOCK SHOTS - FACTORIES, HOUSES, OFFICESSaigol, Dawood, Habib, Adamjee, Gandhara, Nishat. Nameplates outsidesprawling houses, plush offices, factory entrances and tall buildings.Still shot of Bhutto as he pens his memoirs.BHUTTO V.O.Internally there is widespread income disparity.Some years ago, an American economist told me that80% of the industrial and banking assets ofPakistan were controlled by members of 22 families.Page from text of PPP election manifesto –INT. MEETING ROOM – DAYWe open on a traditional meeting room. Senior Minister J.A Rahim is seatedat the head of the table. On his left sit Finance Minister Mubashir, andlaw minister Kasuri. Opposite them are Secretary Finance AGN Qazi andSecretary Industries Qamar ul Islam.SUPERIMPOSE: Cabinet committee on Nationalisation,December 23, 1971.Meeting is already in progress.RAHIMthese 22 families own the wealth of this country.they conceal their incomes...pay no taxes. [pause]Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.18
  19. 19. A white haired Rahim pauses to pull out his glasses from a case. ThenContinuesRAHIMthey siphon away their profits abroadRahim puts on his glasses and reads from a document.RAHIMOur programme calls for nationalization of basicindustry. As you know these fall under 3categories. Firstly: Industries on which dependother industries. Secondly: Entreprises thatconstitute the infrastructure of the nationaleconomy. Thirdly: Institutions dealing with themedium of exchange money that is banking andfinanceNearing the end of his sentence, Rahim looks up and around the room fromabove his glasses to make sure everyone has followed him.A copy of the PPP manifesto is clearly visible on the table in front ofeach of the 2 secretaries.QAMAR UL ISLAMSir, you will receive our full cooperation in thematter.RAHIMGood. The President wishes to move fast on this.Still we must keep this operation secret and movewith lightning speed.Very politely & mild manneredly Qamar ul Islam asks for someClarificationsQAMAR UL ISLAMSir we have read and understood the text of theprogramme. We understand your objectives. Now thereare certain clarifications so we seek yourguidance.He pauses, glances at the 3 ministers. Rahim nods and indicates him tocontinue.QAMAR UL ISLAMWe need to be sure on the criteria: How do weselect an enterprise to nationalize. On the basisof capital cost, turnover, labour employed? Orwhat? We need to be clear on this.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.19
  20. 20. Rahim nods as he makes a mental note of the point.QAMAR UL ISLAMSecondly, how do we propose to compensate theowners, if at all? And where would this money comefrom?There is clear unease and discomfort at the suggestions. The ministerslook bewildered and there is a moment of silence.AGN Kazi has busied himself and is seen to be jotting notes, deliberatelyto avoid eye contact with others in the room at this uncomfortable moment.At this point he looks up to address the meetingAGN KAZIWe have read the text of the PPP nationalizationprogramme. As best as we can see, expropriation isnot on the agenda.MAHMUD ALI KASURIThat is correct...err.. we do not wish to seizeanything.RAHIMBut for instance Gandhara automobile assemblyplant; that must be nationalized.MUBASHIRYes, yes and also Ittefaq steel and BattalaEngineering must be on the list. Both of these areunfair to labour.QAMAR UL ISLAMSir that was my point. For all this, we need to laydown certain criteriaRAHIMPoint taken. Qamar can you work on developing thecriteria for nationalisation. [turns to Mubashir]Mubashir you and I need to discuss with thePresident[then addressing all participants] ...andwe will meet again in a week.INT. INSIDE THE CAR – DAYPresident Bhutto is at the wheel of the blue Mercedes as it drives througha leafy boulevard in Chaklala, Rawalpindi.At a sign that reads, "Pakistan Air Force Base - Chaklala he turns right.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.20
  21. 21. A sentry raises a barrier and salutes.SUPERIMPOSE: December 27, 1971.The car comes to a stop outside what looks like an army prison; a highwalled compound, surrounded by barbed wire.A sentry accompanied by a senior officer opens a main door for Bhutto. Thedoor is made of steel. Both salute as he enters.OFFICEREverything is ready sir.As Bhutto nods go ahead, the the officer presses the "record" button ontape recording equipment.INT. MUJIBS PRISON CELLBhutto enters a dingy cell.(This is a departure from historical accuracy. Mujib was brought in from Mianwaliprison to Chaklala that morning and kept in a well guarded army bangalow, not a cellas shown.)Bhuttos POV. Inside the dimly lit cell sits a dejected Mujib ur Rahman,crumpled white Kurta Pajama, thick rimmed glasses. Mujib looks up asBhutto enters. He manages a faint smile at the sight of his old friend.MUJIBWhen they brought me here from Mianwali prison Iwas thinking that another disaster was coming.BHUTTOThings have changed. Last week I took over powerfrom Yahya. I am now in charge.MUJIBI am happy. Believe me I am very happy. Tell mewhat is the condition of Bengal. I am veryperturbed.BHUTTOThe Indian army ran us over. Moved in with Sovietguns and trucks, under cover of Soviet warships andplanes.MUJIBThat means they have killed us. Bhutto they havekilled us...Youd better get me to Dacca...you haveto promise one thing to me that I will be havingPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.21
  22. 22. your help. If the Indians put me in jail...you willfight for me.BHUTTOWe will fight together Mujib.Mujibs eyes nervously dart around the room. He looks anxious and uneasywith this conversation.A spool tape turns in the recording equipment in the adjacent room.The officer sits calmly listening to the dialog at low volume through theequipment. Mujibs voice now comes through the speakers.MUJIB VONo, no. I must go back and settle matters. When theIndian occupation army is in my country, I will askfor your help from there. I will ask in front ofthe whole world. Help me get the Indians out.Believe me I never wanted the Indians. You dontwant to believe me?Back in the cell.BHUTTOI just want to see the unity of my country.[pauses] On whatever terms you want.MUJIBNo. No terms. Right now I must return. What is theposition of my country?BHUTTOMujib Bhai. Is there any possibility that we canlive together? What is it that you want?MUJIBI will hold a public meeting in Dacca. I will meetmy people, discuss with them, then inform you. Iwill speak drop by drop...they will believe me.Inshalla well do something. I have not to sayabout this outright.You understand my position. Weare players of the same game. Politics.Bhutto ends his earlier friendly demeanor. As he prepares to leave, hisattitude transforms to that of a captor speaking to his captive.BHUTTOYou will understand why I must continue to keep youhere...or the same place in Mianwali...Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.22
  23. 23. The officer opens the door for Bhutto.BHUTTOyou and I will try harder to reach an understandingwhenever we meet again.Bhutto steps out of the cell. The door is slammed shut.INT. MEETING ROOM –DAYMeeting on cabinet committee on nationalization reconvenes. Sameparticipants. Instead of the manifestoes, annual company reports are visible on thetable in front of each participant.QAMAR UL ISLAMMay I propose somethingRAHIMYes yes go ahead.QAMAR UL ISLAMFirst we should select the enterprises based onvaluation. Only enterprises above a certain capitalvalue will be nationalized. The others will remainuntouchedQAMAR UL ISLAMSecondly the government instead of acquiring theownership should assume the management.MAHMUD ALI KASURIWhat good will that do?QAMAR UL ISLAM2 things. One, by taking management control we willbe able to determine the true value of the assetsand incomes. There will be a quantum jump in taxcollections realized from these enterprises.Mubashir scribbling on a piece of paper.QAMAR UL ISLAMSecondly, no payment would then be involved, as theowners would continue to be the owners. We are onlytaking away control over the assets.MUBASHIRAnd by virtue of this control, we shall give theworkers better protection. Also 4% of the profit ofPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.23
  24. 24. each enterprise will be distributed amongst itsworkers. This has been done in other countries.QAMAR UL ISLAMSeparately or as part of this we must considerabolition of the managing agency system. Shellcompanies that are allowed to control the assets ofmuch bigger companies.Rahim is seen receiving a note from Mubashir. Rahim glances down at thenote, nods to Mubashir then turns to Qamar.RAHIMVery well then. We agree to the proposals. Howeverthe President and I have agreed that foreigninvestment must not be included in thenationalization list.RAHIMQamar, your ministry will prepare the list of unitsto be nationalized.These will be selected on thebasis of valuation as you propose.RAHIM[Turning to Kasuri] Mahmud, your ministry willprepare the necessary legislation on the basis thathas been agreed around this table.RAHIMGentlemen, the president wants the operation to beexecuted 1st January 1972. Now lets get to work!INT. STOCK SHOTS - SPEECH JAN 2, 1971Actual voice and footage of Bhuttos speech January 2nd, 1972..."I had madea pledge to the people of Pakistan...the wealth of the nation must be forthe benefit of all..."News clippingsSudden and unexpected nationalisation leads to flight of capital.RADIO NEWSREADER V.OYet another country turned the socialist routetoday. Pakistan under the left wing Peoples Partythat swept the elections today announced thetakeover of the management of 106 enterprises. Theaction was decried by the countrys small butpowerful business community and by the financialmarkets.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.24
  25. 25. Shot of Wall Street Journal front page story - Pakistans credit ratingplummets in London and New York.Dawn Newspaper Story - Economic crisis further deepens.INT. MUJIBS PRISON CELLBHUTTOOn the 27 th you said that we can have two or threethings together. Defense, foreign affairs andcurrency.MUJIBBefore that you have to allow me to go.BHUTTOBut I dont mind confederation, however loose itis.MUJIBNo no...I have already told you that we can wait...some sort of arrangements we can make. I told youit will be confederation. This is absolutelybetween you and me. I know that you have not toldanybody.BHUTTONo why should I tell. Ill keep it absolutelyconfidential.MUJIBYou leave it to me. Absolutely leave it to me.Trust me.MUJIBI will tell these things to the millions of peopleof Bangla Desh when I first go there... that Yahyabefore handing over charge to Bhutto wanted to killme. I will demand from there Yahyas hanging. Youunderstand, trial, trial ... Ill say first yougive trial to this man, then Ill talk to you. Youunderstand. Ill have to take in confidence mypeople. The wounds are serious.Bhutto is now pacing up and down the small space of the cell.BHUTTOListen, Presidentship, Prime Ministership, whateveryou take, I am prepared to retire back to Larkana.I swear by the holy Quran, I am prepared toPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.25
  26. 26. retire.MUJIBI told you there is no objection. My idea was thatwe will live together and we will rule thiscountry. This haramzada (bastard)Yahya started the fuss,telling me this was what you said and that is whatyou said. And communicating the same to you. Thenthe disaster started in Bengal.BHUTTOBut now we have to set the things right.MUJIBWe have to try. But you know the route. I have togo back first. I have to cope... you know the armyof occupation is there ... our army... massacred... as in Indonesia.BHUTTOYes it is very difficult [Pauses]. I am prepared tofly to Dacca.MUJIBNo, no, Ill meet with my people, I want time...Ill tell you from there... You have become a hero.You will continue for the whole life.BHUTTONay I dont want. You should be our President.Mujib, I want you to return to your people. Then wemust make a new start. New terms. As a token of myfriendship and support, I would like you to carryback fifty thousand dollars in cash... take it withyou when you return to Bangladesh.MUJIBNo. No I cannot accept any money.BHUTTOMujib, Mujib, be pragmatic. Conditions out in Daccawill be difficult. This will help you tide over theinitial period. You have to play an important role.This money will be very useful.MUJIB VO OSIf you offer to help me then use the money tocharter a plane to return me to Bangladesh.We cut and close up to Bhutto as he gazes at Mujib speaking.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.26
  27. 27. MUJIB VO OSTo my people. To the sweet smell of of my soil..EXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAYA plane takes off. The rest of Mujibs words are spoken in Bengali but aredrowned in the din of the aircraft engines.INT. MAP OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICAMinarets, the voice of the muezzin calling to prayer. Man praying, theworld of Islam.Actual footage. Bhutto meeting the Shah of Iran, Hafez al Asaad, AnwarSaadat and Moammar Gaddafi.BHUTTOS V.ONothing in this world is achieved standing alone.Our first priority is to make friends. Withproblems at home mounting, I am looking to theoutside world as a means to resolving our problems.These are traditional friends, who can lendconsiderable economic and diplomatic support.Still shot of Bhutto writing these notes in his memoir.Excepts from actual speeches. Press conferences with Islamic leaders.Shows of solidarity, Unity. We are not alone.INT. PRESIDENTS OFFICEBhutto, Rahim, Mubashir, Rafi.BHUTTOThis bastard Mujib. I let him off the hook.. we hadan understanding. Now look he... heRAFI...rejected irrevocably links with Pakistan, anddeclared that such ties have been snapped for alltime to comeBHUTTOAnyways, I raised the issue of Bangladesh. TheShah, Asaad, Gaddafi, Sadat, all assured they wouldwithhold recognition as long as we want. China hasagreed to veto their entry in the UN.But now youtell me we have a quagmire. Mubashir, why dont youPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.27
  28. 28. update Rafi and Rahim what you were telling me.MUBASHIRYes, its this question of the debt. Bangladeshshould pick up its stock of the debt burden but wecan only press for that after we recogniseBangladesh.BHUTTOSo if we dont recognise Bangladesh, theres noquestion of sharing the debt burden. And that meansno question of resumption of foreign aid. Both theword bank and Paris club want us to resolve thequestion of debt first.RAHIMDo they know about the shortages? Wheat, sugar,energy?MUBASHIRYes they do. They also want currency devaluation -its a precondition.RAHIMThat will push inflation.BHUTTOMubashir, Ill let your ministry come up with therecommendation. But deal with the shortages -anything you have to do. Nationalise sugar andflour if necessary.Shot of Newspaper story -Mujib Threatens War TrialsBHUTTOThe bastard wants 195 of our POWs tried for warcrimes. The Indians will use that as a bargainingchip. We will recognize Bangladesh but as a quidpro quo, lets get the Indians to vacate ourterritory and release our POWs.RAFIHow long can they hold the prisoners? They loseinternational goodwill each day.BHUTTONot just that Rafi, I have a report here .. justthis morning .Bhutto picks up a folder from his desk.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.28
  29. 29. Close up shot shows heading: TOP SECRET - Inter Services Intelligence.He holds up the folder.BHUTTOOur POWs live in pucca housing - The Indiansoldiers that guard them live in tents.LaughterBHUTTOApparently the Indian armys greatest worry is aguerrilla war breaking out in the occupied areas.We must fuel that fear.Winks at Rafi.RAFISo then the Indian Army has to decide whether toretreat or fight the insurrection.EXT. STOCK SHOTS - CHINA VISITOn a map, we move across the Karakorams, cross the Gobi desert. As wedescend into China the Great wall becomes visible.The Tiannamen square, forbidden city, the great hall of the people.Shots of Chinas industrial progress.INT. STOCK SHOTS - MEETING THE CHINESE LEADERSReal footage. Drinking toasts to Mao Zedong and Chou En Lai... The Chineseoffer sage advice to Bhutto.CHOU EN LAIWhy are you in such a hurry with your reforms?BHUTTOPerhaps because the army will not give me a chanceto consolidate my position. I have to hurry to dosomething for my people.CHOU EN LAISo build a people’s army. Like we did in China.Shots of Chinas military progress. Peoples Liberation army marches by asthe chinese leadership takes salute.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.29
  30. 30. Still shot, Bhutto shakes hands with Chairman Mao.MAO V.OBecome a Champion of Afro Asian Solidarity.EXT. PUBLIC RALLY – DAYWe open on a birds eye view of a large public rally inprogress. The speaker is not visible but the voice is that ofDr Nazir Ahmed, Jamaat Islami MNA.DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OHe calls himself a democrat, look look around you,does this look like a democracy? Opposition voicesare being stifled. The press is being stifled.Everywhere there is repression by PPP Goondas.Superimose: Rajanpur, Southern Punjab, 27th May, 1972We close into the crowd till we can peoples faces, listeningintently to this firebrand speaker.DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OHe calls himself the saviour of Pakistan. I ask you,who was responsible for breaking up Pakistan? Whorefused to accept the election results?INT. PRESIDENTS OFFICEBhutto puts on his glasses picks up a newspaper.Turns his attention to a Newspaper story "Bhutto Assailed:Nazir Ahmad terms him traitor. "Bhutto picks up the phone.DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OWho said I will break the legs of anyone who travelsto Dacca… This country is in the hands of thugs.INT. OFFICE DESKMustafa Khar at his desk at the Punjab Governors officeanswers the phone.EXT. PUBLIC RALLYPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.30
  31. 31. We finally see the face of the speaker. An emotionally chargedman with a trimmed black beard is ranting into the microphone.DR NAZIR AHMADHe is a debauch, a bigger drunkard than Yahya. Dontwe all know what happens once the sun goes down andthe lights come on in Governor house? We have allheard about his colourful evenings. His extravagantlifestyle. What can you expect of such a man?INT. OFFICE DESKMustafa Khar leans back on his chair at his desk and briefs apolice officer. The officer wearing a peak cap standsattention with the cane under his arm. He nods, salutes Kharand begins to leave taking steps backward.EXT. PUBLIC RALLYDr Nazir Ahmad picks up a file and holds it high for the crowdto see.DR NAZIR AHMADI have here proof, documents, pictures. People tellme things. They send me evidence of what theyveseen. Those of you who came to my clinic have seenthese. I offer you to come and have a look for yourself any day.INT. PRISON CELLA policeman unlocks a jail door. 2 rough looking, burly menare released from lock up.DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OZulfiqar Ali Bhutto is a hypocrite, a traitor, and an enemy ofPakistan. He does not tolerate the opposition. He hiresgoondas to beat up opposition leaders. Look at what they didto Sardar Shaukat Hayat. Beaten up right outside the Nationalassembly.INT. OFFICE DESKThe police officer is seen briefing the 2 rough looking, burlymen clad in shalwar kameez.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.31
  32. 32. DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.ONow the biggest goonda in the province, GhulamMustafa Khar is threatening our provincial Amir, SyedAsad Gilani. Telling him to make me shut up.EXT. OUTSIDE DR NAZIRS CLINIC – NIGHT8:30 pm. A scooter pulls up on the narrow lane outside DrNazirs clinic.The 2 rough looking, burly men park the scooter and disembark.As they enter a doorway the nameplate "Dr Nazir Ahmad,Homeopath. MNA, Amir JI, District Rajanpur" is clearlyvisible.At a tea stall down the street, a group of men are listeningto a radio. The radio is blaring the diatribe from Dr Nazirsearlier speech.DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O ON RADIOTell Bhutto the Jamat Islami are not cowards. DrNazir Ahmad is not a coward.. We are the conscienceof society. If not today then tomorrow he will beanswerable to us, to the people of this country forhis actions.The men enter the open door of Dr Nazirs clinic. He issitting at his desk, reviewing a document.Dr Nazir Ahmads V.O.on radio. ContinuesDR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O ON RADIOYou cannot hide from your conscience. You cannotsilence the voice of conscience.Dr Nazeer Ahmad looks up as the men enter.A pistol is pulled out. Two shots are heard. Then all goessilent.FADE OUTINT. STOCK SHOTS - HISTORY, BOOKS, PAINTINGSBooks, paintings, pictures. Hitler, Napoleon, Mussolini. Wehear Beethovens 9th symphony as it rises from the background.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.32
  33. 33. Bhutto sits on a sofa reads Hitlers Mein Kampf.Shots of paintings. French warfare in the 18th century.Bhutto picks out a book on Napoleon from the shelf.Still shot of Bhutto at his desk, pens his memoirs.BHUTTO V.O.These men dealt with rebellious generals. Keepingthem at bay but still accomplishing a lot togetherwith them. The military is Pakistans protectivewolfhound always on duty, powerful enough to keep anyenemy at bay ...or to destroy its master.Black and white pictures of Mussolinis party in actionLong shot of the Italian fascist parliament, the Brandenberggate in Berlin and the Versailles palace in France. Bhuttostudies history.EXT. STOCK SHOTS - INSPECTING TROOPS, PARADEInspecting troops at a garrison.Bhutto takes the salute on the Pakistan Day joint servicesparade 23 rd March, 1972.Pulls out a pad with the letterhead, Zulfiqar Ali BhuttoPresident of Pakistan.The tip of a black Mont Blanc fountainpen writes the date, 23 rd June, 1972.Underneath it pens the words, My Dear General Tikka Khan,View of a dimly lit study. Wooden floor, persian rugs, solidwood furniture, an armchair, 18th century paintings.BHUTTO V.O.We have always wanted peace. But peace with honour and freedom....Thethreat from India keeps mounting.... So neither a few years of arranged peace,nor the present situation can possibly permit us to ignore the reality that theremust inevitably, sooner or later, come another war.Bhutto being briefed by uniformed military officers in ameeting room.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.33
  34. 34. BHUTTO V.O.There will no longer be an absence of clear thinkingfrom our side.Bhutto speaking to military officers as they listen as heseems to be giving directions.EXT. STOCK SHOTS - LANDSCAPES, MONUMENTSSteppes of Central Asia, The Oxus river, Barren mountains, theKhyber Pass.BHUTTO V.O.Let us not forget the whole background and history ofIndia compared to our own.Balahisar Fort in Peshawar, Indus river, Attock fort.The tribal frontier. Guns, trucks, smiling hospitality at awayside tea stall.BHUTTO V.O.In the remotest of our villages, the humblest of ourpeople possess a self confidence, a ready willingnessto march forward into India - a spirit the equivalentof which cannot be found on the other side.Wide shot of the study, Bhutto at the desk, as he continues topen the note. Moving closer and over his shoulder we see morewriting is visible on the note.INT. BHUTTO READS A BOOK – NIGHTBhutto reads the Babarnama.INT. STOCK SHOTS - PAINTINGS, WEAPONRY, MUSEUMPaintings, the Mughal army on the march, mughal weaponry,swords, armour, cannons, rifles in a museum.BHUTTO V.O.Great and terrible scourges have come to India fromthis side.... every invasion from this side hasdefeated India... Thus the terror, fear, habit ofdefeat cannot be wiped out of their national memoryovernight.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.34
  35. 35. The red fort in Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the QutubMinar.BHUTTO V.O.And we ourselves have ruled them for eightcenturies.Close up of Bhuttos pen as he writes, yours sincerely andsigns.He finishes writing the note. He puts it in an envelop andwrites, Top Secret,General Tikka Khan,GHQ on the envelope.DISSOLVE TO:INT. AUDITORIUM – DAYOutside the auditorium, a sentry stands attention. A captainapproaches.CAPTAINGeneral saab has not finished?SENTRYNo sir, meeting still on. They are now discussingthe Presidents memo.Loud chatter sprinkled with jolly laughter can be heard frominside.The Captain looks at the door. Confused. Shrugs his shouldersand walks away.Inside the auditorium a group of noisy army Generals standcasually around a podium. One of them is holding a memo as hereads it out to his fellow Generals.GENERAL 1He wants a peoples war against India...listen tothis, a Northern Panipat offensive against Delhi anda Southern Somnath offensive cutting Katiawar fromBombay. The village based peoples army would be amassive wave of raiders.Laughter.GENERAL 2And this peoples army will cross the border onwhat...camel back or bullock carts?Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.35
  36. 36. Laughter.GENERAL 3No no, itll be on tractors and buses. This isTikkas army not Mahmud of Ghaznavi.More laughter.GENERAL 2So we teach them to walk over land mines and sneakpast tank columns.. a new form of slaughter. Whydoesnt he leave the fighting to us?GENERAL 1No no listen. [ laughing]....we must organisethis..Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.36
  37. 37. STATISTICS FOR "PICKING UP THE PIECES"Speaking Roles: 40 Scenes: 44 Words: 8.1kDialogue Words 4572 57%Action Words 2816 35%Other Words 667 8%DIALOGUEAvg. speech length: 3.1 sentences / 22.2 wordsAvg. sentence length: 7.2 words30% of speeches are followed consecutively by another speech.ACTIONAvg. paragraph length: 0.8 sentences / 5.7 wordsAvg. sentence length: 7.5 words62% of action paragraphs are followed consecutively by another action paragraph.SCENESAverage length: 168 words Longest: 854 wordsWords Scenes % Words Scenes %-------------------- --------------------0- 49 14 31.8% 450-499 1 2.3%50- 99 8 18.2% 500-549 1 2.3%100-149 9 20.5% 550-599 0 0.0%150-199 3 6.8% 600-649 0 0.0%200-249 0 0.0% 650-699 1 2.3%250-299 1 2.3% 700-749 0 0.0%300-349 0 0.0% 750-799 0 0.0%350-399 2 4.5% 800-849 0 0.0%400-449 3 6.8% 850=> 1 2.3%Interiors: 61% Exteriors: 34%Night/Day Transitions: 4 (Average of one per 11 scenes.)7% of scenes end with a transition out.Average speakers per scene: 1.8 Most: 7Scenes with...0 speakers 11 25.0% |********1 speaker 16 36.4% |************2 speakers 6 13.6% |****3 speakers 2 4.5% |*4 speakers 5 11.4% |***5 speakers 2 4.5% |*6 speakers 1 2.3% |>6 speakers 1 2.3% |SPEAKING ROLESSpeaking roles introduced at the rate of one per 1.1 scenes.Average speaking scenes per character: 1.8Speakers appearing in...1 scene 27 67.5% |**********************2 scenes 5 12.5% |****3 scenes 3 7.5% |**4 scenes 3 7.5% |**5 scenes 1 2.5% |6 scenes 0 0.0% |7 scenes 0 0.0% |8 scenes 0 0.0% |9 scenes 1 2.5% |Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.37
  38. 38. Location Report for Picking up the PiecesINT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE4 reps5.6 minutes (12.2%)Dialogue:BHUTTO, RAFI, MAHMUD ALI KASURI, RAHIM, MUBASHIR, DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O, ADCModifiers:DAY (2 reps)INT. OFFICE DESK4 reps3.3 minutes (7.3%)Dialogue:MUBASHIR, AGN KAZI, M.M AHMAD, DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O,Modifiers:DAY (1 rep)INT. STOCK SHOTS4 reps2.3 minutes (5.0%)Dialogue:CHOU EN LAI, BHUTTO V.O., MAO V.O, BHUTTO, RADIO NEWSREADER V.OModifiers:NEWSPAPERS (1 rep)SPEECH JAN 2 - 1971 (1 rep)MEETING THE CHINESE LEADERS (1 rep)HISTORY - BOOKS - PAINTINGS (1 rep)EXT. STOCK SHOTS4 reps2.7 minutes (5.9%)Dialogue:BHUTTO V.O., NARRATOR,Modifiers:UN BUILDING - DAY (1 rep)FACTORIES - HOUSES - OFFICES (1 rep)INSPECTING TROOPS - PARADE (1 rep)LANDSCAPES - MONUMENTS (1 rep)EXT. PUBLIC RALLY3 reps1.3 minutes (2.9%)Dialogue:DR NAZIR AHMAD, DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OModifiers:DAY (1 rep)INT. MEETING ROOM - DAY2 reps5.2 minutes (11.5%)Dialogue:QAMAR UL ISLAM, RAHIM, MUBASHIR, MAHMUD ALI KASURI, , AGN KAZIINT. MUJIBS PRISON CELL2 reps5.7 minutes (12.4%)Dialogue:Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.38
  39. 39. BHUTTO, MUJIB, MUJIB VO OS, , MUJIB VOEXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAY2 reps0.8 minutes (1.7%)Dialogue:NARRATOR,Modifiers:DAY (1 rep)INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY2 reps1.6 minutes (3.5%)Dialogue:GENERAL 2, GENERAL 1, GENERAL 3, SENTRY, CAPTAINSingle OccurrencesEXT. CROWDS RIOT OUTSIDE HOUSE - DAY0.7 minutes (1.4%)Dialogue:NARRATOR, ANGRY MANMONTAGE OF SHOTS - PUBLIC REACTS TO DEFEAT0.4 minutes (0.9%)No DialogueEXT. - CROWD DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE GOVERNOR HOUSE - LAHORE - DAY0.3 minutes (0.6%)Dialogue:ANGRY MAN 1, ANGRY MAN 2INT. INSIDE THE CAR - DAY0.2 minutes (0.4%)No DialogueINT. INSIDE THE PRESIDENTS HOUSE - DAY4.9 minutes (10.8%)Dialogue:BHUTTO, , YAHYA, VO, YAHYAS VOICE O.S., RADIO NEWSREADER V.O, HAMIDINT - PEOPLE WATCH BHUTTOS SPEECH ON TV - DAY0.2 minutes (0.5%)Dialogue:BHUTTOS SPEECH FOOTAGEMONTAGE - CROWDS CHEERING BHUTTO0.2 minutes (0.5%)No DialogueEXT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT0.2 minutes (0.5%)No DialogueINT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE - NIGHT2.4 minutes (5.2%)Dialogue:BHUTTO, KHARPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.39
  40. 40. EXT. VAST OPEN TERRAIN - DAY4.2 minutes (9.1%)Dialogue:CHILD, GRANDFATHER, BHUTTO, RAFI, GRANDFATHER O.SINT. INSIDE THE CAR - DAY0.6 minutes (1.2%)Dialogue:OFFICERINT. MAP OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA0.6 minutes (1.3%)Dialogue:BHUTTOS V.OEXT. STOCK SHOTS - CHINA VISIT0.2 minutes (0.5%)No DialogueINT. PRISON CELL0.3 minutes (0.6%)Dialogue:DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OEXT. OUTSIDE DR NAZIRS CLINIC - NIGHT1.0 minutes (2.1%)Dialogue:DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O ON RADIOINT. BHUTTO READS A BOOK - NIGHT0.1 minutes (0.2%)No DialogueINT. STOCK SHOTS - PAINTINGS - WEAPONRY - MUSEUM0.7 minutes (1.4%)Dialogue:BHUTTO V.O.Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.40
  41. 41. Outline for Picking up the PiecesINT. AUDITORIUM - DAYINT. STOCK SHOTS - NEWSPAPERSEXT. CROWDS RIOT OUTSIDE HOUSE - DAYMONTAGE OF SHOTS - PUBLIC REACTS TO DEFEATEXT. - CROWD DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE GOVERNOR HOUSE, LAHORE - DAYEXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAY - DAYINT. INSIDE THE CAR - DAYINT. INSIDE THE PRESIDENTS HOUSE - DAYIn the dialog we an see Yahya putting up a pretense of confidence. However, Bhutto comes across as thestronger man and as the dialog progresses, Yahyas confidence crumbles and Bhuttos rises.INT - PEOPLE WATCH BHUTTOS SPEECH ON TV - DAYMONTAGE - CROWDS CHEERING BHUTTOEXT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ESTABLISHING, NIGHTINT. GOVERNMENT HOUSE, NIGHTINT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE - DAYEXT. VAST OPEN TERRAIN - DAYEXT. STOCK SHOTS - UN BUILDING - DAYINT. OFFICE DESK - DAY.INT. PRESIDENTS OFFICE - DAYEXT. STOCK SHOTS - FACTORIES, HOUSES, OFFICESINT. MEETING ROOM - DAYKazi is the cold and calculating bureaucrat while Qamar ul Islam is urbane, articulate and smiling. A copy ofthe PPP manifesto is clearly visible on the table in front of each of the 2 secretaries.INT. INSIDE THE CAR - DAYINT. MUJIBS PRISON CELLThis is a departure from historical accuracy. Mujib was brought in from Mianwali prison to Chaklala thatmorning and kept in a well guarded army bangalow, not a cell as shown.INT. MEETING ROOM -DAYINT. STOCK SHOTS - SPEECH JAN 2, 1971INT. MUJIBS PRISON CELLEXT. RAWALPINDI AIRPORT RUNWAYINT. MAP OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICAINT. PRESIDENTS OFFICEEXT. STOCK SHOTS - CHINA VISITINT. STOCK SHOTS - MEETING THE CHINESE LEADERSEXT. PUBLIC RALLY - DAYINT. PRESIDENTS OFFICEINT. OFFICE DESKPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.41
  42. 42. EXT. PUBLIC RALLYINT. OFFICE DESKEXT. PUBLIC RALLYINT. PRISON CELLINT. OFFICE DESKEXT. OUTSIDE DR NAZIRS CLINIC - NIGHTINT. STOCK SHOTS - HISTORY, BOOKS, PAINTINGSEXT. STOCK SHOTS - INSPECTING TROOPS, PARADEEXT. STOCK SHOTS - LANDSCAPES, MONUMENTSINT. BHUTTO READS A BOOK - NIGHTINT. STOCK SHOTS - PAINTINGS, WEAPONRY, MUSEUMINT. AUDITORIUM - DAYPicking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.42
  43. 43. Speaking Roles for Picking up the PiecesBHUTTOScenes: 9 Lines: 50 Words: 1273Primary InteractionsMUJIBRAFIMUBASHIRScenes: 4 Lines: 14 Words: 264Primary InteractionsAGN KAZIM.M AHMADCHILDScenes: 1 Lines: 13 Words: 121Primary InteractionsGRANDFATHERRAHIMScenes: 3 Lines: 13 Words: 244Primary InteractionsQAMAR UL ISLAMMUBASHIRBHUTTOMUJIBScenes: 2 Lines: 13 Words: 398Primary InteractionsBHUTTOGRANDFATHERScenes: 1 Lines: 12 Words: 226Primary InteractionsCHILDQAMAR UL ISLAMScenes: 2 Lines: 11 Words: 230Primary InteractionsRAHIMMUBASHIRMAHMUD ALI KASURIRAFIScenes: 4 Lines: 8 Words: 115Primary InteractionsBHUTTOBHUTTO V.O.Scenes: 5 Lines: 8 Words: 227YAHYAScenes: 1 Lines: 7 Words: 203Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.43
  44. 44. Primary InteractionsBHUTTOHAMIDAGN KAZIScenes: 2 Lines: 7 Words: 179Primary InteractionsMUBASHIRMAHMUD ALI KASURIScenes: 3 Lines: 5 Words: 55Primary InteractionsBHUTTOQAMAR UL ISLAMDR NAZIR AHMAD-V.OScenes: 4 Lines: 5 Words: 102NARRATORScenes: 3 Lines: 4 Words: 119Primary InteractionsYAHYAANGRY MAN 1KHARScenes: 1 Lines: 3 Words: 60Primary InteractionsBHUTTOM.M AHMADScenes: 1 Lines: 3 Words: 63Primary InteractionsMUBASHIRVOScenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 36RADIO NEWSREADER V.OScenes: 2 Lines: 2 Words: 81MUJIB VO OSScenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 30Primary InteractionsBHUTTOCHOU EN LAIScenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 21Primary InteractionsBHUTTODR NAZIR AHMADScenes: 2 Lines: 2 Words: 90Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.44
  45. 45. DR NAZIR AHMAD-V.O ON RADIOScenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 54GENERAL 1Scenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 45Primary InteractionsGENERAL 2GENERAL 2Scenes: 1 Lines: 2 Words: 42Primary InteractionsGENERAL 1GENERAL 3ANGRY NOISESScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 4ANGRY MANScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 6ANGRY MAN 2Scenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 8Primary InteractionsANGRY MAN 1ANGRY MAN 1Scenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 10Primary InteractionsNARRATORANGRY MAN 2HAMIDScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 34Primary InteractionsYAHYAYAHYAS VOICE O.S.Scenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 14BHUTTOS SPEECH FOOTAGEScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 36ADCScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 13GRANDFATHER O.SScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 24OFFICERScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 4Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.45
  46. 46. MUJIB VOScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 54Primary InteractionsBHUTTOBHUTTOS V.OScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 46MAO V.OScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 7CAPTAINScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 5Primary InteractionsSENTRYSENTRYScenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 13Primary InteractionsCAPTAINGENERAL 3Scenes: 1 Lines: 1 Words: 16Primary InteractionsGENERAL 2Picking up the Pieces, Screenplay by Moazzam Husain.2008.All Rights Reserved.46

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