Chittagong, directed by Bedabrata Pain, is a tale which is straight out of the pages of history but still the film is so loaded with heart that it easily resonates. It’s about the rebellious movement that started in Chittagong district of Bengal, in the 1930’s.
The narrative of the story follows a 13 year old boy Jhunku Roy (Delzad Hiwale), who is the much privileged son of a barrister and is expected to follow the family tradition of studying in England. Everything goes well until he meets Masterda Surya Sen (Monoj Bajpayee), the life of Jhunku and 50 other teenagers changes completely. And all of them go ahead and fight to capture the British weaponry, and they succed.
The film rests on the shoulders of dependable actors like like Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajkumar Yadav, and particularly Nawazuddin Siddique as Suriya’s deputy Nirmal Sen. The film begins a tight pace, keeping you alarmed, but slowly due to its lengthy narrative and too many songs, the film dallies your attention towards the end.
The ex-NASA scientist & one of the inventors of the RED Camera (with which the entire film is shot) very successfully recreates a gone era, unlike the film by Ashutosh Gowarikar (Khelen Hum Jee Jaan Se) two years ago, did. Shot very beautifully, Chittagong, is a textured film.
I’m going for three-and-a-half out of five for director Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong. Its significant Pain’s moving drama, is worthy of your time.