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Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)

Children who are not allowed by the oppressive British colonists to play football decide to join a group of freedom fighters.


Ashutosh Gowariker


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Credited cast:
Abhishek Bachchan ... Surjya Sen
Deepika Padukone ... Kalpana Dutta
Sikander Kher ... Nirmal Sen
Maninder Singh Maninder Singh ... Anant Singh
Feroz Wahid Khan Feroz Wahid Khan ... Lokenath Bal
Shreyas Pandit Shreyas Pandit ... Ambika Chakraborty
Samrat Mukherjee Samrat Mukherjee ... Ganesh Ghosh
Vikramjeet Virk ... Inspecter. Asanulla Khan
Munford Monty Munford Monty ... Major Johnson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reena Anurag Reena Anurag
Arun Babani Arun Babani
Madhuri Bhandekar Madhuri Bhandekar ... (as Madhuri Bandiwdekar)
Jan Bostock
Anuradha Chandan Anuradha Chandan
Alorika Chatterjee Alorika Chatterjee


Circa 1930 in Chittagong, male teenagers are asked by British soldiers to play football elsewhere. Since there is no other ground, they decide to approach widower school-master Surjya Sen, and join his band of freedom fighters. Since Gandhi had announced a ban of violence for one year, Surjya patiently waits, then raises Rs.18000/-, with this amount he procures guns, four vehicles and 25 bicycles, and inducts two women, Pritilata, and Kalpana Dutta in his team. Their plan is to surprise the British by disabling telecommunications and transportation, liberating jailed comrades, taking guns and ammunition from the armory, and holding Britishers hostage at the European Club. Before they could carry out their plan, both women are instructed by their respective families to re-locate to Calcutta. Surjya, nevertheless decides to simultaneously carry out the attacks but his group is unable to hold any hostages due to the holiday of Good Friday, and the raid on the armory gets them rifles but ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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3 December 2010 (India) See more »

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Goa, India

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One-Time Watch....
10 March 2011 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Ashutosh Gowariker is a talented Storyteller. His Oscar-Nominated Epic-Hit 'Lagaan' was amongst the best films of it's time, 'Swades' was a touching film, that has now become a cult-classic. 'Jodhaa Akbar' was another milestone he churned out. 'What's Your Raashee?', however was a letdown.

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey', also isn't Gowariker, at his best. This period piece/patriotic has a strong first hour, but a long & weak second hour, spoil it's impact.

Based on the Chittagong Uprising of 1930, 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' tells the story of Surjya Sen, a prominent Bengali freedom fighter, an Indian independence activist and the chief architect of anti-British freedom movement in Chittagong, Bengal, who, with his people created a revolution, that eventually let India get independence.

As mentioned, the first hour is absolutely terrific. The entire build-up to the revolution keeps you at the grip. But, the second hour plays a spoilsport. Also, the excessive running-time of over 3 hours, needed some trimming. Even the climax for that matter, doesn't leave the desired impact.

Ashutosh Gowariker knows his job, and he has proved his caliber as a filmmaker time and again. He directs each frame with the accurate detail, but the weak writing in the second hour, pulls him down. Cinematography is outstanding! Editing needed to be sharper. Music by Sohail Sen is passable.

Performance-Wise: Abhishek is efficient as Surjya Sen. Deepika Padukone does an okay job. Sikander Kher is fair, while Vishakha Singh is sincere. Mahinder Singh is good. Shreyas Pandit is flawless. Others lend good support.

On the whole, A One-Time Watch, that could've been much more, if it had a better second hour.

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