1971: Prisoners of War


'This is my story.'

'That story which was never told.'

'And never heard. But was only witnessed.'

'And the eyes which witnessed it slowly...

...vanished into the darkness of history.'

'It is said that history was never written properly.'

'That is why the names of those...

...who helped make history do not find mention.'

'Maybe in the same way my mention...

...in my own story may not be written.'

'In 1971, a war was fought between India and Pakistan...

...which was named as the Bangladesh war.'

'Pakistan could not rise after that defeat.'

'Even we could not forget that war.'

'Because we had also fought gallantly...

...with the Indian forces.'

Parade, will turn around! Turn around!

Parade, will move forward! Turn around!

When did this happen?

3 days back, sir. The tunnel was dug from barrack No. 3.

There is no one there.

We were thinking of shifting some prisoners there.

How did this attempt evade your gaze?

It is been only 3 months since they have come here.

They are not even in a position to walk properly.

It is a very big task to dig a tunnel 19 feet long.

Who is this Suraj Singh?

Major Suraj Singh, 19 Rajputana rifle.

He was apprehended in Puri sector on 12th December

Due to devoid of ammunition.

Before that he was in Lahore.

It is heard that he has undergone punishment twice for


Parade attention!

Good morning sir! - Good morning sir!

Good morning! Carry on.

Welcome major. How did you spend your night, major?

Not bad. I was with my own men.

Seeing the condition of your men you must have


...that such an attempt is futile.

He is deputy director, Colonel Sheriar Khan.

Joint Intelligence Bureau.

Ameeting should be arranged so that...

...I can meet a Pakistani National.

You have not answered my question.

And should be provided with a newspaper, daily.

And be given an explanation as to what is the...

...Pakistani government thinking...

...as regards to sending us back to India.

Or else... you will keep attempting to escape from here.

Who else was there with you?

I and... only me.

Ok! Barrack No.6! Come!

And Major... you should be thankful to our government...

...that even after being caught, you are alive.

You should be thankful to our government...

...that after the war ended they handed over...

...93,000 Pakistani soldiers intact, back to Pakistan.

I am seeing the generosity of your government...

...since the past 3 days...

...in barrack No. 6.

This is Pakistan. This is Karachi.

This is Lahore. This is Faisalabad...

...and this is Peshawar.

How are you Pali? - I am fine, sir.

Why don't they reveal where we are?

We can say observing this mountain range, Kabir...

...that we cannot be in the west of Pakistan.

And they cannot do a folly to keep us in an area...

...close to the border, sir.

But how did this happen so suddenly?

Indian soldiers from every Pakistan jail...

...have been held captive here.

Facilities have been increased.

The jail has been extended.

How did this change happen so suddenly?

All of them are from 1971 war in this barrack?

Some are also from 1965 war, sir.

But they are of no use.

Everyone has gone crazy. They shout slogans for India.

Unknown that they are dead for India.

Didn't you try to send them back?

Are they of any use here?

Sir, let alone their address.

They do not even know their names.

But sir, you are wrong in saying that they are of no use.

What do you mean?

Everyone is put to work.

Tomorrow is EID. It's a good day. Leave Major Suraj Singh.

Hey... listen. - What is it? - Hey listen.

Do Punjabis reside here in Pakistan? - Yes. They reside

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Piyush Mishra

Piyush Mishra (born 13 January 1963) is an Indian film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter. Mishra grew up in Gwalior, and went to graduate from National School of Drama, Delhi in 1986. Thereafter, he started his career in Hindi theatre in Delhi. Over the next decade, he established himself as a theatre director, actor, lyricist and singer. He moved to Mumbai in 2002, actor, lyricist and screenwriter, and receiving acclaim for his acting in Maqbool (2003) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). As a film lyricist and singer, he is noted for his songs "Arre Ruk Ja Re Bandeh" in Black Friday, (2004), "Aarambh Hai Prachand" in Gulaal (2009), "Ik Bagal" in Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1, (2012), and "Husna" in MTV Coke Studio, (2012). more…

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