Sat, 04 Dec 2010 10:32:23 GMT | By Raj Narayan

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey': This one surely doesn't play!

MSN's incisive dissection of Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'


Review of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

Five reasons to watch 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey':

1. As a terrible student of history, I must confess that the movie made me read up about the Chittagong Uprising staged between 1930 and 1934 by a group of little-known revolutionaries led by a school teacher known as Masterda Surya (or is it Surjya) Sen. I have added the book by Manini Chatterjee's "Do and Die", on which the movie is based, to my must-read list.

2. Kiran Deohans and Seetha Sandhiri have managed to recreate south-eastern Bangladesh and the hill tracts of Chittagong quite well, given that the movie was shot largely on India's western region. Of course, there is a palpable absence of life in some of the shots, especially in the first half where the scale is much higher than required.

3. The movie has some decent performances from the supporting cast, with Sikander Kher possibly delivering the stand out act as Nirmal Sen who works with Masterda and others to carry out the Chittagong armoury raid on April 18, 1930. Others worth watching are Shreyas Pandit and Feroz Wahid who play Ambika Chakraborty and Loknath Bal respectively.

4. For those of you who've had a surfeit of Deepika Padukone's chick look, this is a movie to watch. She carries off a plain Jane role of Kalpana Datta quite efficiently and the undercurrents of her love for Masterda are quite well etched out. Of course, we do not get to see too much of her through the movie!

5. For those of you who aren't enamoured by history or hate reading history books, the movie is a great way to get a hang of what led to this uprising and how it was brutally quelled by the British who went about chasing each of the revolutionaries and did them in. In fact, these are some of the best moments in the movie.

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