Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is a period thriller and is based on the book 'DO AND DIE' by Manini Chatterjee, based on the Chittagong Uprising of 1930. 1930, British India, in the province of undivided Bengal (now Bangladesh), 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, 1930 in 1 night, there are 5 simultaneous attacks. A band of 64 young patriots, comprising of 56 innocent yet fearless young boys, 5 defiant revolutionaries, 2 determined young women, and an idealistic leader - Surjya Sen (Abhishek Bacchan), a school teacher by profession, lead the charge. 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 agitation, to the attack, to the underground movement, daring escapes and tragic captures, and most importantly, their undying legacy.
Abhishek as Surjya Sen suits his character. His character appears very belligerent, but at the same time calm and unperturbed, which merges well with the character of an educator/teacher that he portrays.
A freedom fighter with these attributes hasn't been presented in a Bollywood Movie before. The rebellious nature of his character and swagger are depicted to perfection, though his Bengali accent could do with a bit of brushing up.
Deepika sheds her usual glam look and portrays her character well. Accepting the challenging role of a woman revolutionary of the 1930s and then living that character in the film, shows her confidence and she proves her mettle.
Sikander Kher leaves a terrific impression. He excels in several scenes. Vishakha Singh is a complete natural. She catches one's attention instantly. Samrat Mukerji, Maninder and Feroz Wahid Khan, each actor is earnest and sincere to the core. In fact, every actor in the film looks most convincing in their respective parts. All the young artists do a superb job and have a very uninfluenced approach to acting out their respective parts.
On the whole, KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY, based on the Chittagong rebellion, is an enlightening experience of a little-known chapter in history. It's a film of significance which evokes a certain kind of patriotism.
However, a movie like KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY isn't created to target the box-office. This is a film which doesn't compromise on its prime objectives for the sake of being more box-office friendly. At the same time, although very well made, this film may not appeal to the masses, who thrive on the usual masala.
This Film will definitely have to rely on a very strong word-of-mouth publicity to create an impact at the box-office.