Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, offbeat cinema's two most explosive talents, are the only familiar faces here but debutant director Bedabrata Pain scores with apt casting of mostly greenhorns for the other characters, too.
The film narrates the historic Chittagong Uprising of the 1930s. The town of Chittagong ( now in Bangladesh) came alive with revolutionary fervour as freedom fighter Surya Sen ( Manoj), or Masterda, built an army of schoolkids to launch attacks on the region's British armoury. The film unfolds through the eyes of young Jhunku ( Delzad Hiwale), who joins the movement.
Director Pain and his cowriter Shonali Bose create a taut narrative and the film works as a socio- political drama. Crisply cut ( Aldo Velasco) and riding Resul Pookutty's flawless sound design, the film is a treat for lovers of quality cinema.
CHITTAGONG CAST: Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Yadav DIRECTION: Bedabrata Pain
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