In a little known event of the 1930s British occupied South Asia, a handful of untrained teenage boys and girls, led by a school teacher, handed the British their first military defeat and liberated a town from the colonial yoke for the first time in the 20th century. Set against this backdrop, Chittagong is the story of the youngest and the most unlikely participant – Jhunku Roy. A studious, diffident and frail 14 old teenager Jhunku wouldn’t even come out to play football, let alone pick up a gun. CHITTAGONG tells the incredible story of how this boy becomes a revolutionary, and having joined the rebels, battles nagging self-doubts and reluctance on one hand, and a formidable enemy on the other, to achieve an impossible triumph.
Chittagong is an uplifting action-drama, made more compelling by the fact that it is true.
Winner of Golden Lotus in the Indian National Award, 2013
Winner of best music, best playback singer, and best actor (jury) award – national awards, 2013
Winner of Florence Film Festival 2012
Winner of Sedona International Film Festival 2013
Winner of Jaipur International Film Festival 2014 (best film, best screenplay)
Winner of Washington DC Fim Festival 2014 (best film, best director)
“a moving touching experience, sensitively shot and enacted” — Amitabh Bachchan
“a delightfully intense film” — Shah Rukh Khan
“a must see film … so authentic … a fabulous film-maker” — Vishal Bharadwaj, director
“Riveting and spectacular, Chittagong is a Gandhi for our age …” — Jim Luce, Huffington Post, USA
“India’s ‘the battle of algiers’” — Louis Proyect, film-critic New York
“a moving touching experience, sensitively shot and enacted” — Amitabh Bachchan, the most celebrated Indian Actor and top-most popular actor in Asia
“a delightfully intense film” — Shah Rukh Khan, the celebrated Indian Actor and amongst the 50-most influential people in the world
“a must see film … so authentic … don’t know how good a scientist bedo is, but he is a fabulous film-maker” — Vishal Bharadwaj, famous Indian director
“Riveting and spectacular, Chittagong is a gandhi for our age … a triumphant film using the cues from the paintings of Caravaggio” — Jim Luce, Huffington Post, USA
“India’s ‘the battle of algiers’” — Louis Proyect, New York
“What you have created, the great cinematography and editing – it should be treated and studied as a lesson. What economy, yet what precision. And the effect!!!! Devastating. … I am hounded by this scene or that … by the faces, the characters, your treatment. You have been able to maintain the tone and timbre of your cinematic statements from the starting point till the end. You never compromised in the structure or in the phrases.” —Kabir Suman, iconic poet and singer of Bengal
“Film aficionados will spot the subtle resonances between Hiwale’s protagonist and Aparajito’s young Apu … framing locales like a Japanese painting, hills wreathed in mist, mangroves sunk in water, a Van Gogh-like patchwork of green and yellow fields… it’s beautiful. And pleases a certain master.” — Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India
|Director:||NILA MADHAB PANDA|
Film-maker & Scientist
Dr. Bedabrata Pain was an award-winning senior research scientist with NASA. And an inductee to the US Space Technology Hall of Fame. In 2009, he quit to follow his passion – film-making. And with his debut film Chittagong (2013), he won four Indian National Awards, including the prestigious Golden Lotus as the best first film and the best debut director, as well as awards in several international film festivals.
One of the inventors of CMOS digital imaging technology that enabled the digital camera revolution – from space-telescopes to cell-phones – Dr. Pain holds over 90 patents. He led CMOS image sensor R&D at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Earlier, he was the executive producer of internationally acclaimed Amu (2005), the principal researcher for the documentary called Lifting the Veil (1997), and the writer of the book titled Behind the events in Kashmir (1991).
He received his B. Tech. degree from IIT Kharagpur in 1986, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1992. He taught courses in UCLA, and has received prestigious awards such as the Lew-Allen Award, NASA Achievement Award for Inventors, and IIT Distinguished Alumnus Award. In addition to film-making, he has a keen interest in history, politics, philosophy, and quantum physics.