When I first saw the poster of Khelein Hum Jee Jan Sey on a popular Bollywood site I was interested to say the least. Later on when the promos were aired on the different TV channels I got an idea that it was about getting back some playground from the Britishers. I was a little skeptical to say the least and then went on to search the net for its basic storyline which is not so much about the playground but the little heard of “Chittagong Uprising”. I was hooked.
Let me start by saying that a movie of this type should be made again and again in India. Its on movies of these types that the future of Indian cinema depends. Too long have we been fed incoherent and mindless crap which caters neither to the senses nor to the intellect.
It starts of gently and the story is given enough time to build up. The director tries to create a bond between the onscreen characters and the audiences. A movie of this type can succeed only if it is able to establish a rapport with the audiences. One has to feel for the characters in order for them to be believable.
The director achieves in doing that. Whether it is Abhishek Bachchan’s Surya Sen, Deepika Padukone’s Kalpana or Sikander Kher’s Nirmal, we actually start to care for the them. Being a period film it had to be spot on with the details and the buildup. Ashutosh Gowarikar scores a sixer in this. We have seen his prowess to depict periods in films like Lagaan and Jodha Akbar. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is no different. Right from clothes, to the building, to the weapons and even the transportations are all up there in the place. The tones and the mood is also apt for the occasion.
We are all aware of what happened to the men at Chittagong and that is no surprise but the story still keeps us at the edge of our seat. What we don’t know is how? The performances are all up to the mark. Abhishek does well as the protagonist. Deepika and Sikander Kher are the other noteworthy additions. But I just loved the performance of the kid brigade. They are the ones who actually made Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey what it is.
We should definitely watch Khelein Hum Jee Jan Sey if we don’t know about the Chittagong Uprising. For those who actually know about it will still be an interesting outing. It’s a movie for one and all. The storytelling is splendid and so is the music. Watching it would mean a two and a half hours well spent.