Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajumar Yadav, Jaideep Ahlawat and Delzad Hiwale
Banner: Bohra Bros, AKFPL
Director: Bedabrata Pain
By Kreative Access Media
The film ‘Chittagong’ has been in the waiting for quite some time now and fortunately/unfortunately has got a release opposite two commercial films like ‘Aiyyaa’ and ‘Bhoot Returns’. The film that has been in controversies since day one finally sees the light of the day and we sincerely hope it gets all the due attention; commercially and critically.
The film revolves around the controversial green lush land space that earlier belonged to India and now comes under Bangladesh’s geographical boundaries. The plot is similar to Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Khelien Hum Jee Jaan Se’ but in this flick it is portrayed in a way beautiful manner. The film is about the guts of local sons of the soil who take upon the British Raj and gives them a tough time to continue their reign there. It however shows both the sides of the story unlike other films which goes with the emotional flow without getting realistic at times. All this facets of a complex story packed as one in less than two hours is commendable feat on director’s front.
Debutant director Bedabrata Pain does an astonishing job in pulling off such a complex story onscreen without making it difficult for a regular cinemagoer to understand or consume as his/her daily dose of entertainment. The film leaves you with a thought and manages to encapsulate the not-very-known facts beautifully in its narrations….Hats off to Bedabrata Pain’s efforts and excellence that shows on screen.
Cinematographer Eric Zimmerman has delightfully captured the beauty of Chittagong. Performances by Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui make you sit back and marvel at their talent that has been not use to its fullest for so long.
Background score by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is compatible with the earthy story. Shankar Mahadevan’s soul touching voice brings life to Prasoon Joshi’s strapping poetry.
All said all done the ‘New Wave in Indian Cinema’ is here to stay. Only if the audiences could recognize the real talent and give them the real encouragement shall the Indian cinema witness a new dawn of a perfect amalgamation of talent and opportunities.
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