Zoom into flashback mode and discover a duo of dons, molls and the underbelly of the underworld set in the 1970s, with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Delve further and…you’ll be rewarded with Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, a period thriller based on the Chittagong Uprising Of the 1930s, helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker and patterned on the book Do And Die by Manini Chatterjee.
Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone pair up under the hawk eyed guidance of Gowariker to unveil a saga of grit and defiant bravery, slated to illumine cinemas on December 3, 2010.
Once Abhishek Bachchan enacting Surjya Sen and Deepika Padukone essaying Kalpana Dutta had been pencilled into the project, the search was on through extensive auditions to rope in artistes who could imbibe and reflect the very essence of each of Sen’s team of revolutionaries, bringing these forgotten patriots to life on screen. Their role in the uprising was defined by their personalities, which were varying in attributes.
Surjya Sen with his team of revolutionaries led the attack on five centres of British power in the town of Chittagong (then a part of undivided India) on the night of 18th April, 1930. The revolutionaries complemented Surjya Sen’s leadership and each became an integral part of the attack.
From left to right: The intense Nirmal Sen (Sikander Kher), the fiery Anant Singh (Maninder Singh), the rebellious Ganesh Ghosh (Samrat Mukherjee), the passionate Pritilata Waddadar (Vishakha Singh), the righteous Kalpana Dutta (Deepika Padukone), the idealistic Surjya Sen (Abhishek Bachchan), the meticulous Ambika Chakraborty (Shreyas Pandit) and the enigmatic Lokenath Bal (Feroze Wahid Khan).