CHITTAGONG: Second look at the rising for independence

Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
10/17/2012 6:45:26 PM

Two films with same contents have not happened in the world of cinema in India in such a short time span, but it seems the times are changing and so with it the new breed of directors are trying to treat the content which has already been put in the public domain less than two years ago in a new way. The point under reference is the uprising in CHITTAGONG which became a major rallying point to spread movement of Independence in Bengal. Ashutosh Gowariker had touched upon the subject through his film KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY that was released two years ago and Bedabrata Pain has approached it in a different way in CHITTAGONG, which incidentally is his debut in the world of cinema in India. The film has an interesting star cast comprising of Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Sidiqqui, Raj Kumar Yadav, Barry John etc. The crucial point of difference lies in the fact that while KHJJS was a story of Surya Sen the freedom fighter, CHITTAGONG is a story about Surya Sen narrated by a young boy who is going down memory lane reliving his time, underlining the fact that a content can be dealt with in a contrasting manner by two different thought processes.


Alternate cinema is also discovering its new pair in the form of Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Sidiqqui, who are now starring together for the third time after their excellent chemistry in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I&II. Alternate cinema also needs to develop a paring on the lines of that which have become a talking point in the mainstream commercial cinema, and the other potential combinations on offer can be Manoj Bajpayee-KK, Manoj Bajpayee-Irfan Khan, Irfan Khan and Nawazuddin Sidiqqui and for the fans of cinema it indeed would be a visual treat to watch on the screen the histrionics that they would display on the screen.


In CHITTAGONG Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of Master Surya Sen while Nawazzuddin Siddiqui is the disciple Nirmal Sen, the revolutionary. CHITTAGONG narrates the incident from the perspective of Jhunku Roy, one of the youngest revolutionaries associated with the revolt. It also is fortuitous that in two consecutive films i.e. CHITTAGONG and in CHAKRAVYUH Manoj Bajpayee would be seen as the teacher or the leader who inspires a revolution by grooming a bunch of revolutionaries from amongst the youth.

Slowly but surely these small nuggets of our history are getting a cinematic representation on the silver screen, and are making a conscious attempt to plug the gaps in our historical progress. May be with CHITTAGONG making its mark, more such films would be made by the new breed of directors of the likes of Bedabrata Pain who after a pursuing a successful career at NASA for more than 15 years, decided to take the call and chose cinema to be his new vocation. May the tribe increase and more such infusions from outside country come in to usher, a new wave of cinema in a big way.