Abhishek Bachchan and Asin will star together in Ashutosh Gowariker’s next, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, based on Manini Chatterjee’s book Do and Die. The book tells the tragic story of the Chittagong uprising which began in 1930 with a raid on the Armoury and European Club in Chittagong. Although the raid was not entirely a success – weapons were stolen but not ammunition – the uprising continued for another three years led by the charismatic Surjya Sen or Masterda as he was known to his followers. The uprising severely dented the confidence of the colonial British administration – and also saw women playing a significant armed role amongst the rebels for the first time – with Kalpana Dutta being a fascinating figure and a strong leader.
Ashutosh Gowariker has promised the film will be no more than two hours in length after the interminable three hours twenty of What’s Your Rashee? rescued only by the flexibility of Priyanka Chopra’s extraordinary performance. “This one -Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey – will only be 2 hours long!!!” he exclaimed.
For Asin, this will be her third Bollywood film after Ghajini and London Dreams. After being paired with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, she must consider herself truly blessed to now be in a movie with Abhishek. Who’s next on her list we wonder – Shahid? Ranbir? Shahrukh?