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Chittagong  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • Just like the Revolution….

    Chittagong rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 12 Oct 2012)

    Around 2 years ago, we witnessed a rare chapter from our Independence Struggle with Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’, which portrayed the revolution of Chittagong. Sadly, since Chittagong was not a part of India after Independence, the entire episode became relegated to just a small part of our History text-books. The makers narrated it in very interesting & touching manner, but due to its Historical backdrop and lack of awareness about it, the movie was a disaster on box office. Now, a small banner film ‘Chittagong’ releases with bunch of talented actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Raj Kumar Yadav, Barry John and many more. The promos bring the promises of a hard-hitting drama with some fine performances. So let’s find out whether this time the Chittagong revolution will manage to find its due respect both in terms of Box Office and film making.

    ‘Chittagong’ narrates the Chittagong revolution from the perspective of Jhunku Roy (Delzad Hiwale / Vijay Varma), one of the youngest revolutionaries involved with that revolt. Jhunku joins a group of teenagers who are led by Surjya Sen {Manoj Bajpayee} and others. They meet with initial success but soon, things change and what happens next is what the film about.

    Unlike ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ which builded the whole Football ground issue as its basic premise followed by focusing more on the attack over the Britishers, these matters here in ‘Chittagong’ are told in very small part and the focus is more on the aftermath of the attack and emphasizing more on the life of Jhunku Roy. Screenplay is very simple and narrates the tale without any dramatic moments in a very text-book format. This works initially but as movie progresses, the simple approach becomes more of a negative point as you don’t get proper connects with the happenings in the film, which actually had a lot of scope for dramatic brilliance. Still, some scenes are worth mentioning like the whole training of the teenagers followed by Manoj Bajpayee motivating the teenagers in the Jungle, Jhunku Roy in jail and Priti’s return answer to Britishers and few more. But for movies like these, you need more great memorable scenes. On the flip side the whole initial revolution is showed in a hurried manner and hence fails to connect. The quick jumps also detach you from the narrative at times. And like stated above, the movie lacks heavily in maintaining a taut screenplay and some good dramatic moments. It’s just plain flat, without any ups or downs. Camera work is fine, while Editing is strictly average.

    Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is nothing great, though ‘Bolo Na’ sounds sweet. Background music is fine, but not particularly great.

    Debutant director Bedabrata Pain has a unique style of narrating his story, which is simple and straight, But then there has to be that dramatic pull or memorable moments when you are making a feature film - or else give it a proper documentary treatment. Still, kudos to him for the research and letting us know more about this lesser-known tale from the Independence era, not to forget the usage of real-life footage of Jhunku Roy – it surely was one of the best moments of the film.

    Manoj Bajpayee is good in his role and shines in a few scenes but this certainly won’t be counted among his best films, as the role is small in terms of length. Sadly, the same goes for Nawazuddin, Raj Kumar and others as well. Delzad Hiwale as young Jhunku is superb however and manages to carry the film on his shoulders. Barry John, Alexx o’Neil and Vega Tamotia are good in their parts. Jaideep Ahlawat, Anurag Arora and others do justice to their parts.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

    Dum hain in terms of simplicity and good performances, but when it comes to entertainment or hard-hitting content, the movie is quite a big letdown. Also, the presence of good actors raises the expectation level, which sadly is not lived upto since the said actors have been more or less reduced to minor roles. On an overall basis, I would say that just like the revolution, ‘Chittagong’ too will meet with little success and that too with a very niche group of audience.

    Ratings: 2.25/5

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