Movie Review: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Disaster

Adapting a work of literature into a movie is an arduous task. Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apu Trilogy’ [PATHER PANCHALI, APARAJITO and APUR SANSAR] was based on two Bengali novels written by Bibhuthibhushan Bandopadhyay. Ray’s SHATRANJ KE KHILADI was based on Munshi Premchand’s short story of the same name. In fact, film-makers have always been fascinated by best-selling books/novels for adapting into feature films. Mira Nair’s THE NAMESAKE, P.C. Barua, Bimal Roy and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s DEVDAS, Pradeep Sarkar’s PARINEETA, Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 IDIOTS, Atul Agnihotri’s HELLO and the recent AISHA have been adapted from literary works. Even in Hollywood, LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER, NARNIA and many more have been successfully adapted from novels by reputed names.

However, if you analyze the past, you will realize that not all movies adapted from novels/short stories have set the cash registers jingling at the box-office. Films like PINJAR, PAHELI, RAINCOAT and international experiments like BRIDE AND PREJUDICE and THE MISTRESS OF SPICES have found very few takers in the past.

1930, British India: In the province of undivided Bengal lies the sleepy, peaceful port of Chittagong. In this unassuming little town a revolution is about to begin; a revolution which will forever wake all of Chittagong and inspire the entire nation.

April 18. 1 night. 5 simultaneous attacks. A band of 64 – 56 innocent yet fearless young boys, 5 defiant revolutionaries, 2 determined young women, and an idealistic leader – Surjya Sen, a school teacher by profession.

This group of 64 represents a little-known chapter in history; a forgotten night that reigned terror on the British through a series of calculated attacks. KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY is a true story of these forgotten heroes and the narrative takes us through every step of the action from the initial trepidation, to the thrill of the attack, to the underground movement, daring escapes and tragic captures, and most importantly, their undying legacy.


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Positive Reviews
4.0 “KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY, based on the Chittagong rebellion, is an enlightening experience of a poignant, but little-known chapter in history.”
4.0 “The truth of the moment in the cinema of Gowariker is the only truth that matters for the audience. The rest is history.”
3.5 “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey helps you rediscover forgotten heroes — and a forgotten sentiment — at a time when a scam-tainted nation needs to celebrate the national sentiment the most.”
3.5 “It is a must watch film for the today’s youth, who would get to know the fighting spirit of the youth of the British era”
3.5 “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey – A rare patriotic tale sans jingoism”
3.0 “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey moves you, but sporadically”
DNA India
Average Reviews
2.5 “A story that needed to be told”
2.5 “KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY isn’t a bad film but its slack pace refrains it from being a memorable film. Not worth ‘playing jee jaan sey'”
2.5 “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is a noble attempt at restoring glory to long-forgotten heroes but honestly, I felt more charged and patriotic in the last 40 minutes of Lagaan”
NDTV Movies
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