Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se - Notepad

wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
quick review:

Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se certainly evokes emotion. Even if it's only towards the end. By climax time if you don't want bad things to happen to the characters, however small their roles were, something has gone right somewhere. Only, I wish it got me involved right from the beginning. On the other hand, the closing credits themselves made the film for me, doubt they would have worked if I had not seen the story that was told before them. So yeah, mixed feelings because of the execution, and because it's a perfect history lesson. A must-know story with dull narration.

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Plot Summary

A young Congress leader wants to deviate from the party's decision to take the non-violence route to fight against the British. In 1930, they set-up a plan to shake the foundation of the British administration in their small village. The setup, the execution and the aftermath is what we see on screen

What Worked

  • The casting. Superb especially when you see the end credits.
  • The makeup for burns and bullet shots.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The phrase "svatantrata sainani" is a tongue twister of sorts. Almost all characters were having trouble saying it, especially the teenagers. Sounded really out of place because it wasn't coming out in the flow of the dialogue.
  • Everyone greets everyone by their name. When I meet my friend Ritu, the first thing I say to her isn't "Ritu", especially in a tone that implies I'm trying to confirm her name. Also here it was as if they wanted the audience to get the names right.
  • Surjya asks Ananto who was at the door when Ananto opened the door. Like he couldn't hear what was going on from 20 feet away!
  • The interviews
  • The pink sky shot.
  • How did Preetilata get caught
  • Only the names of people were being called out with a Bangla accent. Nothing else in the language implied Bengalis were speaking