Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of a docu-fiction film “Farewell My Indian Soldier” on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 at 5.30 PM at its auditorium. The Director of the film Mr. Vijay Singh was present during the screening and to interact with the audience for a Q& A Session.
The film is a docu-fiction, a moving portrayal of Indian soldiers who came to fight in France and Belgium during the First World War. The presence of these 150,000 soldiers in Europe is a virtually unknown fact of history. In this film, Vijay Singh recounts the story of Indian soldiers through the eyes of love and human affection. During their furlough on French barns, some Indian soldiers and French women developed affection for each other and children were born. These Indo-French children became the victims of a taboo because of which most people avoided them. This film is inspired by the story of one such child. In this film, a young girl (Paloma Coquant), a descendant of an unknown Indian soldier and his French hostess, journeys across France, Belgium, England and India and weaves around it the fascinating story of the Indian soldiers in WW1.
Using rare archive, historical testimonies, 100-year old Indian war songs and 600 insightful letters written home by soldiers about their mind-altering experience in France, this film told the story of these men of whom 10,000 were never to return to their motherland.
The event was well attended.