Chittagong - External Reviews

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A lesson from history told with complete focus on patriotism. The sole aim is to display the conviction of our freedom fighters. Even though it doesn't have any other emotional connect, it is a lesson we shouldn't miss.



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25 reviewers have given Chittagong an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)

19 yays
1 nays
5 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Apun Ka Choice ...The patriotic fervour is never allowed to weigh down the characters.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The body language of people who lived in the long-gone era, the apparel and also the overall styling look bona fide. ... full review

Thumbs up by Keyrun Rao, Bollywood Life ...Manoj Bajpayee-Nawazuddin Siddiqui make this history lesson a compelling watch... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Defying movie bazaar norms, Chittagong, co-written and directed by the NASA scientist Bedabrata Pain, is an example of technical style yoked to solid content.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...He directs Chittagong with remarkable restrain, authentically recreating an era very crucial in shaping our history yet so callously overlooked.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...One of the drawbacks of it coming after Gangs of Wasseypur is that it is a fight in your head situation to keep the actors from GOW away from the characters they play here. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...The best part about Pain's take is that his film isn't so much about Surjya Sen; the character remains a catalyst to the changes in the life of the film's lead character... full review

Thumbs up by Shabana Ansari, DNA ...Chittagong is a well-crafted period film, understated and restrained in parts, and a far cry from the poorly-researched costume dramas that are often peddled in the name of historical films in Bollywood.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Pain brings the rare quality of calmness to the film's visual design, but doesn't overindulge and stretch the drama even a moment longer than necessary. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vivek Bhatia, Filmfare ...The patriotic fervour is underplayed as is the melodrama, which help us connect with each and every character.... full review

Thumbs up by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...Pain’s canvas is deliberately small—but to what he decides to paint, he does full justice.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, ...Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is nothing great, though ‘Bolo Na’ sounds sweet. Background music is fine, but not particularly great. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...a textured film shot beautifully ... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Chittagong, despite being a debut effort, has texture and grace that we rarely get to watch in the films of more experienced film-makers. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ... You know the story if you have seen Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se. Chittagong reprises the same slice of history, only with a more solid cast.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...A near-forgotten slice of Indian history comes to luminous life in NASA scientist- turned-filmmaker Bedabrata Pain’s first feature.... full review

Thumbs up by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ...If there was only one Hindi movie that had to be made on the armed revolt against the British and its aftermath, it is this one ... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...But, as the wise say, expectation is the root cause of disappointment. Although authentic in its depiction of the era in which the story is set, impressive in its scale, and consistent in its tone and mood, Chittagong isn’t too engaging a film. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...we know our Mahatma Gandhis, Bhagat Singhs, Mangal Pandeys! Let's get to know the Surya Sens too!... full review

Thumbs up by Deepti Assnani, MoviezADDA ...The plot and the flow was synergized perfectly and allowed the viewers with sufficient time to dwell on the facts but not too long enough to let their concentration wander.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Pain, who has co-written the film with Shonali Bose, invests Chittagong with a soft, lyrical air, reinforced by the lilt of a soulful theme song rendered by Shankar Mahadevan. Pain, who has co-written the film with Shonali Bose, invests Chittagong with a soft, lyrical air, reinforced by the lilt of a soulful theme song rendered by Shankar Mahadevan. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Chittagong may not make a deafening sound at the box-office as a multi-budget, mega starrer offering but it surely is one rare gem that deserves to be seen and appreciated. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...This is precisely the reason why the film is significant. Instead of portraying the chapters of history we’re all familiar with, it foregrounds a sadly lost slice. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ... important film despite its shortcomings.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...he editing is over-zealous though. Barely do scenes with eye-catching period details start developing - like a tense dinner party at the Wilkinsons' - do they get cut.... full review