CAST & CREW
After Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, released in 2010, Bedabrata Pain, former NASA Scientist, directed his debut film, ‘ Chittagong’, in 2012, which also takes you back to the era of the 1930s.
The story is based on the real life of Surya Sen, who was a school teacher that fought against the Britishers in the British colonial India [now Bangladesh] with a group of schoolboys and young women. Jhunku, who is being chased by the Bengal Police, hides in a bunker with his old friend, Aparna (Apu). The story goes back in the flashback and reflects the past events of his life. He narrates, what happened to him when he was just a 14-year-old boy.
At a teenager, Jhunku’s father, who was a lawyer, wanted him to study in England, but he is more interested in the protest, which is led by Surya Sen. The protest is against the revolutionary Jatin Das’ death. Wilkinson (the magistrate, who has a liking for Jhunku) is also opposed by the police. The protesters are arrested, because some students hit the police inspector Maj. Johnson by spilling oil under his scooter. However, the story takes a turn when one of Jhunku’s friends is shot dead by Inspector Johnson. He joins Chittagong’s freedom struggle. Jhunku, his friends, and their teacher, Surya Sen, fight against the British Raj and succeed in their mission.
1930’s Chittagong story shares the experiences of a teenage boy, Jhunku, who wants to find his origin in the era of British India and the victory of ordinary people. The 1930‘s movement is one in which some schoolboys and their teacher defeated the British Army. The narration of the story is in a flashback form, which is described beautifully by the narrator. The facts in the film are true and depict the Chittagong uprising. The camerawork is remarkable, and editing is over-zealous. Before Chittagong, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey showed Chittagong’s real story of 1930 by Ashutosh Gowariker. The concept and story of both films are the same, but the perspectives of both films are different. The background music is effective and the use of songs (composed by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy) have been done skillfully.
What’s in the movie?
The movie is full of drama, action and war, focuses not only iconic heroes but also the spirit of the common people that attracts the audience.
This is a must-watch movie, especially for the history buffs out there.
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