Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) - Abhishek Bachchan as freedom fighter Masterda Surya Sen

On a day that is a landmark in India's struggle for Independence, Freedom Fighter Surya Sen with his comrades-in-arms Ganesh Ghosh, Lokenath Baul, Nirmal Sen, Ambika Chakrobarty, Naresh Roy, Sasanka Datta, Ardhendu Dastidar, Harigopal Baul, Tarakeswar Dastidar, Ananta Singh, Jiban Ghoshal, Anand Gupta, Pritilata Waddedar, Kalpana Dutta and many others, and a boy barely into his teens named Subodh Roy, took control of two armouries in Chittagong, raised the Indian National Flag, and declared independence under a Provisional Revolutionary Government operating under the Indian Republican Army.

On that fateful day of April 18, 1930, With barely 65 people with extremely limited resources and the dream of a free country to urge them on, Surya Sen and his freedom fighters achieved a siege of remarkable magnitude, against a fully trained and equipped military machine of British invaders.

Around four days later, in a showdown with the mighty Queen's army, the little group took on forces numbering several thousand at Jalalabad hills. Twelve Indian National heroes gave their lives to free their motherland, but not before taking down eighty of the invading army.

Surya Sen and the remaining fighters escaped. Surya Sen was to be eventually arrested a year later by the British invader, his location betrayed to the British in a dastardly act when he was in the house of his comrade Netra Sen. Surya Sen was hanged by the British in 1934.

For people who grew up in Kolkata, Surya Sen Street today boldly continues to offer courage and inspiration to citizens of a Nation now free for over half a century.

Acclaimed Indian Bolywood movie director Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se has Abhishek Bachchan in the role of Masterda. There is reason for hope that Gowariker, a film-maker of substantial intelligence and senstivity, will not simply make another kitschy Bollywood Hindi Musical film out of Masterda's life. His previous movies - Lagaan, Swadesh and Jodhaa Akbar have received positive critical acclaim and he has won several National Awards, and nominated for an Academy Award.

Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se has an expected release date in 2010.

According to reports, Gowariker is adapting the movie from the 2003 book "Do and Die" by Manini Chatterjee, Penguin Books Australia. The book is available online here >

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