Children of War (2014 film)

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Children of War
Directed by Mrityunjay Devvrat
Produced by Soumya Joshi Devvrat
Written by Mrityunjay Devvrat & Asad Hussain
Starring Riddhi Sen
Rucha Inamdar
Victor Banerjee
Farooque Shaikh
Pavan Malhotra
Indraneil Sengupta
Raima Sen
Tilotama Shome
Shatrunjay Devvrat
Music by Sidhant Mathur (Songs)
Ishaan Chhabra (Score)
Cinematography Fasahat Khan
Edited by Apurva Asrani
Pencil Cell Productions & Maktub Entertainment
Distributed by AA Films
Release dates
  • 16 May 2014 (2014-05-16)
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget $1.2 million
Box office $2.2 million (India & Bangladesh Only)

Children of War is a 2014 Hindi drama film directed by Mrityunjay Devrat. The film released on 16 May 2014 in India. The film stars Pavan Malhotra, Raima Sen, Tillotama Shome, Indraniel Sengupta, Faroque Sheikh, Shatrunjay Devvrat, Riddhi Sen, Rucha Inamdar, and Victor Banerjee.[1] Filmed in India with similar characters and places mimicking Bangladesh, The Bastard Child is an Indian movie based around the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.[2]


  • Riddhi Sen as Rafiq
  • Rucha Inamdar as Kausar
  • Victor Banerjee as Baba
  • Pavan Malhotra as Malik
  • Indraneil Sengupta as Aamir
  • Raima Sen as Fida
  • Tilottama Shome as Bhitika
  • Shatrunjay Devvrat as Young Aamir
  • Joy Sengupta as Sudipto
  • Purnendu Bhattacharya as Abbu
  • Ganga Chakravorthy as Ammi
  • Roopa Ganguly as Raziya
  • Aweree Chaurey as Durga (Old Woman)
  • Chandra Sengupta as Old Man
  • Rupsa Mondal as Mariyam
  • Bhushan Vidhate as Raziya's Husband
  • Harish Chhabra as Soldier Bull 1
  • Devendra Chauhan as Soldier Bull 2
  • Vidya Bhushan as Old Pandit
  • Sanjeeta Mukherjee as Mad Woman
  • Ketan Rathod as Mojid's Servant
  • Guddu Gupta as Ashraf
  • Debashish Mondol as Captured Razakaar
  • Prodip Ganguly as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman[3]


While writing the film's script, Devvrat researched the topic thoroughly, which included interviews with various journalists, war veterans, and refugees.[4][5] Filming for The Bastard Child was supposed to take place in Bengal, but the film was forced to relocate after only 8 days of shooting due to problems with the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India, as there were issues with the amount of local hands hired to work on the movie.[6] Filming also took place around Delhi and Haryana, and overall filming for The Bastard Child occurred mostly at night.[7] In 2013 Farooq Sheikh was confirmed to be performing in the film, only for rumors to surface that he be replacing Sabyasachi Chakraborty in the movie.[8] Devvrat addressed these rumors in June 2013, stating that Chakraborty was still part of the movie but that his original role had been split into two different characters due to the director wanting to avoid further potential issues with the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India.[8] The production for The Bastard Child experienced further issues with the film's release, as the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association did not approve of the movie's title, which included the word "bastard".[4] Devvrat responded to the criticism over the title, stating that he did not intend for the word to be seen as offensive.[9]

Of her role in the film, Raima Sen felt that it was "one of the toughest roles she has portrayed on screen in the recent past."[7]

Reception & Awards

Critical reception so far has been positive.[10] Live Mint gave a positive review for the movie, which they felt contained "beautifully filmed grief and devastation".[11] Subhash K. Jha also gave a positive review, he stated "It is impossible to believe that this war epic has been directed by a first-time filmmaker. How can a virgin artiste conceive such a vivid portrait of the rape of a civilization?"[12]

The biggest achievement of the film is the Parliamentary decision it influenced: The Government of Bangladesh has recognised the film and has recently adopted a proposal recognising 1971 war rape survivors as 'freedom fighters'

1. ‘Remi Award Best Foreign Language Film’48th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, USA 2015

          (Past Remi Recipients: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Brian De Palma, Oliver Stone, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Daniele Gangemi, Francis Ford Coppola)

2. ‘ Extraordinary Film’ – River to River Film Festival, Rome Italy 2014

3. ‘ Extraordinary Film’ – River to River Film Festival, Florence Italy 2014

4. ‘Golden Palm Award - Best First Film’ – Mexico International Film Festival 2015

5. ‘Best Director’ – Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, India 2015

6. ‘Best Supporting Actor’ – Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, India 2015

7. ‘Best Actor’ – St. Tropez & Nice International Film Festival, France 2015

8. ‘Best Costume Design’ – St. Tropez & Nice International Film Festival, France 2015

9. ‘Best Debut Director’ – International Film Awards, Jakarta 2015

10. ‘Official Selection’Colortape International Film Festival, Australia 2015

11. ‘Director’s Choice’ presented by Hansal Mehta – MAMI 2014

          With only five other films ( Bandit Queen, Anand, Parinda, Black Friday and Junoon)

12. Best Cinematography - Jagran International Film Festival 2014

13. Best Negative Lead – Jagran International Film Festival 2014

14. ‘Breaking Boundaries’ – IFFI Goa 2014 (International Film Festival of India.)

15. ‘Best Debut Director’ – Patna International Film Festival 2015

16. ‘Best Topical Content’ – Global Bioscope Film Festival 2014


  1. "Farooque Shaikh to play famous Bangladeshi leader in The Bastard Child". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  2. "'The Children of War is a film on East Pakistan's struggle for freedom". IBT. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  3. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  4. 4.0 4.1 "'This story needed to be told'". MidDay. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  5. "Mritunjay Devvrat on 'The Bastard Child'". NIE. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  6. "Film unit driven out of Bengal?". ToI. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "I feel the pain of the rape survivors of Bangladesh: Raima Sen". ToI. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Farooq Sheikh in Devvrat’s film". ToI. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. "The Bastard Child is derogatory, but Naajayaz was not?". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  10. "The Bastard Child: A film based on the Liberation War". The Independent. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  11. "POLITICAL ANIMALS: The horror next door". Live Mint. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  12. "CHILDREN OF WAR: MOVIE REVIEW". SKJ BollywoodNews. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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