Friday, October 12, 2012
made more compelling by the fact that it is true.
In a little known incident in the 1930s British occupied India, a handful of untrained teenage boys and girls, led by a school teacher, handed the British their first military defeat. Set against this backdrop, Chittagong is the story of the youngest and the most unlikely participant – a frail and diffident 14 old teenager, Jhunku Roy. It portrays an incredible journey of a teenager, who battles nagging self-doubts and reluctance on one hand, and a formidable enemy on the other, to achieve an impossible triumph.
The Trailer Here.
Writes Saibal Chatterjee in NDTV Movies: A little-known but hugely significant chapter of the Indian freedom struggle constitutes the narrative kernel of Chittagong, scientist-turned-filmmaker Bedabrata Pain's directorial debut. As far as period sagas go, this is anything but average fare.
This simple, sure-handed and easy-flowing film strikes no false notes, nor does it fall prey to any creative ambiguity. The director knows exactly what he wants to mine from the pages of history and he extracts just the right degree of dramatic energy from the tale of intense conflict that lies at the heart of the film.
Pain's approach to the rousing saga of a band of gutsy men and boys who had the British rulers on the run, if only briefly, in Chittagong in the early 1930s – the selfsame story that Ashutosh Gowariker brought to the screen in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey far less effectively – is refreshingly realistic and clear-headed.
Chittagong is inspired by the work and political philosophy of school teacher and freedom fighter Surya Sen (Manoj Bajpayee), who was sent to the gallows in 1934 for his role in the Chittagong armoury raid and other attacks on British interests.
The momentous events leading to the armoury attack on April 18, 1930, and culminating in the Tebhaga peasant uprising in the mid 1940s are seen through the eyes of a young rebel, Jhunku (Delzad Hiwale), who emerged on the post-Independence political stage as Communist Party ideologue and central committee member Subodh Roy.