‘The Bastard Child’ is a movie about the Bangladesh War of Liberation that was released on December 27, 2013. It stars Riddhi Sen, Farooq Shaikh, Rucha Inamdar, and Victor Banerjee, among others and is directed by Mrityunjay Devvrat
The first scene takes place in rural Bangladesh; the film in part is the journey of a family guided by their father through troubled times of 1971. In the other storyline, a journalist joins the ‘Mukti Bahini’ freedom fighters battling the Pakistan Army. His wife’s story, which makes up the core of the film, is about the women of Bangladesh at that time, unfolding in captivity. The director has said, “The film is really about them, they are the real heroes, and we try to say why they need acceptance.“
The movie begins in March 1971 and covers a period of nine months showcasing the atrocities and the inhumane methods adopted by the military of West Pakistan with the support of the Americans and the Chinese. Pakistani soldiers are shown going on a rampage killing and raping hundreds of thousands of men and women across the region.
This movie is an attempt to bring out the ugly truth about the war. It is an expression of the double standards of bystanders and those who continue to shut their eyes or say nothing today not wanting to shed light or stop to think about gruesome side to the war. This film is a small tribute to all those victims of this unparalleled barbarity. [Source: Wikipedia]