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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.Read more
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey sounds very exciting because of the walk down history it promises. One, I don't regret getting bored in History lessons. Two, it is almost guaranteed to be 'different' from the regular romance, action, masala. Now whether or not it will be a good film, we will know soon enough.
I look forward to Ashutosh Gowariker's films despite the frustration the extra-grand and extra-long Jodhaa Akbar caused. I have after all, thoroughly enjoyed almost all of his other films. Besides this could be that one commercial success Abhishek Bachchan needs. To top it off, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey might see Deepika Padukone in a very different role.
Unfortunately, the romance ain't going anywhere -
More unfortunately, the dialogue in the promo sounds very lame and the promo itself isn't engaging save a couple of shots here and there.
One of my biggest issues with Gowariker films has been their length. This time Ashutosh promises to keep it under 3 hours. That's still long. Hopefully with a little mental preparation, it will be easier to take in. And yet, I really hope it has that much more to say and isn't slow just because.
I'm listening to the music here. Even though I'm enjoying the album, I'm not sure if I'll buy it so that I can listen to the songs on the go. Here's what some others have to say about the music.
milliblog - "Sohail Sen takes a giant leap forward in Khelein Hum… after a tepid debut! "
music aloud - "8.5/10 "
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
HappySing - "some good songs and some good instrumentals too"
- meeta, a part of the audience
A chapter in history that begins with the geography of the country. The classroom effect is hard to shake off and is made only more difficult with Abhishek Bachchan digressing from a Math lesson straight into a mini-lecture on revolution. After this lame sequence, I didn't know whether I'd laugh or cry for the next 2.5 hours; all while the cast/crew wanted to inspire. The audience around me was laughing. And that grew louder with Deepika Padukone's entry. The lady just breaks into a song! BUT, things settle down. It's not that the unintentional laughter dies, but slowly, very slowly you are hooked. And it goes into 5th gear post-interval. The execution of the plan is engaging, despite the complete lack of depth in characters.
There are some 60 odd revolutionaries, about 7-8 main ones. But none of them have any distinguishing character. They are all willing to give their lives for the cause, they all care for each other with heart and soul, they all want to make whatever little contribution they can. Maybe in that time and age the mob identity was their personal identity. And yet, the reactions by different people to the same situation is both eye-opening and touching. You will have to wait for the second half to see this though.
Director, Ashutosh Gowariker's plan to keep the set-up of the grand plan in the first half, and focus on execution and aftermath in the second half is a huge dampener to the pace. The portrayal of the aftermath is the most interesting and well-executed part of the film and the end credit roll is as good as it could get.
Another decision that either the director or the writer made is to assume that the viewer knows the history and the backdrop of the Chittagong conspiracy. This decision is what kept me from getting involved. Also, the narrative is like a father is telling a story to his son, "this happened, then that happened, then this happened". A flow is missing. A little background, a little rhythm to get the viewer into the atmosphere that the characters were living in would have made me care for the characters much sooner.
And despite that, I was on board by the end. And that I think is what a good basic plot can do. As you realize by the end, there is no great dialogue, no room for brilliant performances, and yet you are with the characters. The pathos created in the last third of the film has gone a long way in doing that. So many characters and each is given its own room in the true story and thus in the film. So much so that, in this star-driven world of Hindi cinema, you don’t see either Abhishek Bachchan or Deepika PAdukone get in the way of their characters (until the end, where I guess they had to justify Abhishek's fee). And they all do just fine.
They were crazy. Anyone who leaves the comfort of their home and fights for a cause that is not necessarily theirs has to be crazy. They fought for our freedom. Who is to say that the struggle, which lasted a few centuries, wouldn’t have gone on for 80 more years? Who's to say we wouldn't have to stay out of the McDonalds and the multiplexes along with their dogs? We don't know why they were so passionate about our freedom, but they were. The least we can do is be aware of their story. So what if it's not told in the most engrossing manner.
Not screwing up our freedom that they were eccentric about is too much to ask for, right?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, bigoye.com : ...Recreating the forgotten revolutionaries and giving them a face on-screen to let people know what has gone unnoticed, has been done precisely and efficaciously.... full review
Thumbs up, by Smita, Desi Martini : ... Any movie about the freedom struggle is guaranteed to warm your heart and arouse more stirring feelings than Lata Mangeshkars rendition of the National anthem ... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...he is total different from all the patriotic leaders we have seen till date on Indian Screen. His body gestures, facial moments, the eyes expressions makes you respect him and his character.... full review
Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...at a time when scams and corrosive corruption permeates the very fabric of Indian governance, and when we seem to have forgotten what brought us this independence, it is the ultimate wake-up call.... full review
Thumbs up, Review and views uncensored : ...Like it or not, formally Khelein…does not work as a biopic of Surjya Sen. In the film adaptation the revolutionary strikes us an inert, largely emotionless, commandeering individual. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Abishek's Bachchan's Surjya Sen is simple, uncluttered and played straight from the heart as are Deepika Padukone's Kalpana Dutta, Vishakha Singh's Pritilata Waddedar and Sikandar Kher's Nirmal Sen.... full review
So-So, by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood : ...Besides that, there’s the characters trying to overdo the accent as far as names are concerned. Poor Padukone keeps shifting between “Pritilata” and “Pritilota”... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The courtroom scene with the judge talking in English and Abhishek replying in Hindi, translating the question in Hindi as well, is disappointing. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...Abishek Bachchan performed credibly as the legendary historical character, although the storyline, in having a number of notable revolutionaries to focus on, tended to dilute the importance of his character, and hence an opportunity for him to shine... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...This opening stretch infuses the film’s title with a teasing ambiguity – of playing one’s heart out (in sport) as well as playing with one’s life (in revolt) – and that’s the closest we get to any kind of nuance. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...The most annoying part of the movie is the portrayal of all the British Officials, who quite shockingly act and look like characters of some school or university stage play.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Gowariker blazes ahead with mammoth 3-hour long wannabe epics that barely come alive, despite the larger-than-life canvas and fervent background music.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...Merely every block, bump and blip on the revolutionary road here is accurately detailed, right down to each officer and his designation flashed onscreen... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...it is a crime to take so much time and come up with characters so pallid : the lead pair specially, Surjya Sen and Kalpana Datta ( Bachchan and Padukone), are the most indeterminate, made up somewhat by the supporting cast, mainly Pritilata Wadedar ( Singh)... full review
Thumbs down, by Arun Janardhan, Live Mint : ...It’s the support cast that salvages this project a little—the teenagers are earnest and convincing, contributing the few moments that make you feel for the characters... full review
Thumbs down, by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind : ...Screwing up “What’s Your Rashi” is one thing. Taking one of the most inspiring stories of our freedom struggle and turning it into an abomination is something else.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...The film's own soundtrack is an ineffective one, but by the time the end rolls around, Gowariker falls back on Vande Mataram and it unfailingly gets the job done.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...While it's commendable that Gowariker didn't fall into the familiar trapping of overdoing the understated romance between the lead characters, he fails to keep the viewer hooked. ... full review
vimal089: khele hum ji jaan se rating 4/5
VDeepakSingh: Khele hum jee jaan se - Best movie of the year(I dont give a damn what critics say) I loved it. Evry actor was excellent, children specially
ttwisster: must watch movie --------khelein hum jee jaan sey
suriravi: just watched "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey"-excellent movie
supriyasureshp: Guys go & watch KHele Hum Jee Jaan Se. Patriotic, heart rendering & an absolute must see for all Indians. Ashutosh has done a wonderful job.
sujtweaktweak: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey - riveting and touching, it drove me 2 tears.
sm63: Just saw Khele Hum Ji Jaan Se. Interesting. Brave effort by AG, for sure. Won't work on BO. But thought provoking. To me. Long..
Sethumadhavan: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey- a wonderful supporting cast, some good moments & a genuinely interesting tale makes it worthwhile.
RaoulRan: Be a part of a revolution and see Khelein hum jee jaan sey. It's for all Indians and revolutionaries.
prushe: saw khele hum jee jaan se ... #firstday,,, not a bad movie at all ... slow and long but not too draggy!
prazhari: Khelein hum jee jaan sey one for the years best films....vande Mataram ! Slow yet moving and rewarding #khjjs
palwai: Just saw "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" - proud of our freedom fighters to whom we are indebted for ever - the story is truly heart wrenching!
nitinchacko: 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' picks up and offers viewers action filled scenes, emotional sequences and heartfelt acting.
nautanki: I cried & cried! For me, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is the best movie of the year. Brilliant @juniorbachchan.
manishrajora: Khele hum jee jaan se #khjjs a nice movie worth watch n remember the gr8 revolutionaries
kedarsakru: Everybody watch khelein hum jee jaan sey*
jiteshpillaai: Khelein hum jee jaan sey is a simple narrativeAshutosh Gowariker remains one of the few directors who will not let gloss overwhelm substance
idrrajdeep: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey depicted the unsung revolution with great detailing & dignity.It evokes colossal patriotic feeling.Watch,enrich.
enchantdbharati: 1st day, 1st show :) Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is amazin!! Luvd Abhi! Kranti Amar Rahe! Vande Mataram. :)
debarnabkarjee: loved khelein hum jee jaan sey...bangladesh and india never seemed so close...
bhaskarchat: I request everybody to hit theaters this week to watch "Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se" this week, particularly with kids..dont watch bootleg DVD pls
amareshhhh: hats up to ashutosh gwarikar...if u r an indian then go 4 khele hum ji jaan se...vande mataram
alok174: After the so many bakwaas movies like-break k baad,action replay,tees maar khaan, fresh air is on-khele hum jee jaan se !
abhishekjhing: what a great film is khele hum ji jaan se, Abhishek is really wonderful as always
abhinav1992: Khele hum jee jaan se is good!
919454610820: khele hum jee jaan se is a very good movie ...
pnvarma: If u liked Raktha Charithra u'll like d 2nd too. Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se, potential not used fully. Still highly recommended for movie buffs.
jun6lee: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey - #KHJJS - Just another Kraanti film - It wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it much - Too predictable & formulaic #fb
vivek_kt: Deepika Padukone better love me now. I just came back from a screening of "Khele hum jee jaan se". It was, to be mild, a disaster.
SrinivasanRI: Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se....totally avoidable!!#fb
sksarraju: Khele hum jee jaan se is like a school play.. Very boring.. Definately this movie misses the magic of @arrahman
santoshn: title of the movie 'khelein hum jee jaan sey' is so apt. the director, producer & actors made the 'freedom revolution' look like a khel
saichakravarthi: My rating on this week release "KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY" (hindi) 2 stars out of 5...
richa_tripathi: sorry to say but Khele Hum Jee Jaan se is a very poorly made movie with stilted dialogues and worst acting ever done by the lead.
raturi_mohit: watched 2 back2back movies 1. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (*) - Again the same old ajadi ki ladai, with some new krantikaris, I don't ...
Prettisiingh: Ashutosh Gowariker's "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" - Insufferable!!
nitishmittal: Saw Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey last night. Sincere effort but no real spark. You don't feel much for most of the performances either.
nasalcrooner: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey  Good lesson in history, bad example of a movie. Too long drawn and bit boring. 2/5
koolkunaly2k: Watched Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se ' with friends. Came back and watched some porn to balance things :p My rating would be- Avoid
iLoveiDevices: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey-flop from Abhishek. Movie-not bad technically but nothing special Deepika fires huge Rifle as if she is Undertaker
chitraraj: Khele hum jee jaan se magar flop ho gaye.
Ameya_N_Joshi: Ashutosh Gowariker has FRAXed big time on Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se....awful stilted school-playish effort #XLRI #KHJJS
AbithaAnandh: After attending the screening of #Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey - The film was neither made with any jee nor jaan.
2desi: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is a bore film, its a one time watch...WAY too Long. Lagaan is long but at least it was good.
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Debjani Nandy : Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se is Great...We love this movie...It reminds us the forgotten history of our Fre
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by minesh modi : So as I leave the theatre, all I recall is the rolling titles depicting the real revolutionaries.
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So-So, by Arcopol
So-So, by free movies online : Not enjoyed yet
So-So, by Humara : KHJJS is his most thanda film, so far. The promos don't look interesting, they're devoid of great li
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Bollyfan : Vintage wine in a country liquor bottle
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
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