Children of War: Compelling tale of atrocities committed by Pak Army during 1971 War
New Delhi: 1971 Bangladesh war of liberation is registered in history as one of the most bloodiest conflicts, more than 3 million people were killed in the nine month long conflict that resulted in the partitioning of Pakistan.
After a gap of more than 42 years, a compelling and heart wrenching story of the atrocities committed during the war could be seen on the silver screen.
Children of War, directed by Mrityunjay Devrrat, is going to hit the theatres on February 21, 2014.
The movie makes a brave attempt to bring to light the atrocities committed by a nation on innocent Bengalis in a 9-month-long rampage that began in March 1971.
"This movie is an attempt to bring out the truth that has been hidden from the eyes of the world for far too long. It is an expression of the double standards of the people of the world who looked away and continue to do so today not wanting to shed light or stop and think about an event so gruesome that could put even the widely covered holocaust to shame," reveals Devrrat in an interview given to The Hans India.
The movie was originally titled as 'The Bastard Child' in reference to the hundreds and thousands of children born to women who were raped by the soldiers of the Pakistani army.
Devrrat was forced to change the name of the movie to 'The Children of War' as it was considered as derogatory by some.
The movie hit rough weathers with Pakistan and its screening has been banned by the government.
The movie centres around the brutal atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army in an attempt to keep their hold on the region.
In 1971 The Pakistani Army in a ruthless quest for power used rape and religion as weapons of war to oppress a part of then their own country; East Pakistan. They proceeded to rape 2,000 women a day and massacred 300,000 people in an attempt to genetically engineer the future race of the region and to destroy all rebellion against their unjust and inhumane reasoning, Devrrat reveals the facts that led to the banning of the movie in Pakistan.
The movie was constructed after extensive research and a combine effort of the entire team, the director said.
Victims accounts were recorded, the core team went through hundreds of books and literature in their quest to find facts and figures.
The movie also features late actor Farooque Sheikh, along with Victor Banerjee and Raima Sen.
The trailer of the movie is already available in YouTube.
The description of the trailer is enough to get you hooked-
Can we, in search of power, become animals?
A genocide; neglected!
The first use of rape as a weapon of war; undocumented!