Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Delzad Hiwale, Raj Kumar
Directed by Bedabrata Pain
Immediately after Chittagong was over, a foreigner in the audience asked us why a film on India’s struggle for independence did not have Gandhi or Nehru in it. This is precisely the reason why the film is significant. Instead of portraying the chapters of history we’re all familiar with, it foregrounds a sadly lost slice. When a handful of untrained teenagers led by school teacher Masterda alias Surya Sen had taken on the British in the 1930s.
There are many interesting stories and characters here; whether it be Nirmal Sen, Ganesh Ghosh, Anand Singh or Preeti Lata or the clutch of accomplished actors who essay these roles. However, Pain prefers to focus on the 14-year-old Jhunku Roy. Through his eyes, we see the resistance to the...