Bollywood film on Bangladesh war opens in India M

UMBAI: A Bollywood film that spotlights atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence releases across India today (Friday), with the production likely to spark controversy in Pakistan.“Children of War” revolves around civilians caught in the nine-month conflict which pitted Bangladeshi independence fighters against Pakistani forces. “The film looks at human stories and personal stories of how they suffered and how they came out victorious. It is a largely fictional film made up of true stories,” said director Mrityunjay Devvrat. He says in the film that three million people were killed in the war – a figure also cited by the current Bangladeshi government – although independent researchers put the death toll at between 300,000 and 500,000 people. The conflict forced as many as 10 million refugees to flee to neighbouring India, according to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. “Not many people know much about Bangladesh or care about it,” said Devvrat, who grew up partly in Bangladesh while his parents were working there. “The aim of ‘Children of War’ is to change that and make people understand, among other things, why there are so many Bangladeshis in India,” he said. 

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