Mrityunjay Devrat, the director of the highly controversial film Children Of War (which is based on the 1971 Bangladesh liberation conflict) recently criticized Yash Raj Film’s film Gunday for using the subject for a commercial purpose.
Devrat says, “If I am allowed to be honest, then I’d have to say that the makers of Gunday have been factually incorrect. I think it is hugely irresponsible and derogatory to use a sensitive subject such as the Bangladesh war for purely commercial purposes.”
Nevertheless, he says he is happy that a lot more people now know about the war because of the film. “Now a lot more people know about it. But I am hugely disappointed at the lack of attention that Gunday pays to historic details,” he added.
“With all due respect, no bad film can damage our film. Children Of War has been made with a lot of labour and love. We’ve tried to protect the sensitivities of all those involved. A movie like Gunday aims only at the box office. We are trying to tell the true story of a genocide that shook the conscience of the Asian subcontinent. Unlike Gunday, our film will not be seen and forgotten,” he argued.
He is sure that this film (Gunday) will be forgotten soon because of its historical inaccuracy. He pointed out that many actors of this day don’t know a lot. “History remains history. A factually incorrect book or film cannot change history. I heard Priyanka Chopra saying on television that the 1971 war led to a partition between India and Bangladesh. The ignorance in Bollywood is unbelievable. I think Indian audiences are tired of being taken for granted,” Devrat pointed out.