'Chittagong' is great cinema: Manoj Bajpayee
After the success of 'Gangs of Wasseypur', Manoj Bajpayee is looking forward to the release of 'Chittagong' which he says would leave a strong impact on the audience.
The 43-year-old actor plays freedom fighter Surya Sen who led a revolutionary movement with a band of young men and women in Chittagong in the late 1920s.
"Chittagong is a fantastic film and in its own way is great cinema. There are certain movies that instil a sense of pride in you, 'Chittagong' is one such. A different kind of storytelling has been adopted with the seriousness of film being intact," Bajpayee told PTI.
The film's release was long overdue but the actor is positive that the delay has worked in their favour.
"I guess it worked in our favour. Now we have got a right back up in the form of Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and NDTV. Also, there is a gap between the last film which was dealt with same subject (Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey) and this one."
The film recently had a star-studded premiere in Mumbai with industry bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan attending. Bajpayee says people who appreciate cinema and the ones whose opinion he honours have hailed the film publicly.
"It is good to see them being completely baffled and enamoured by the film. When they talk so highly about the whole product, it is always a great feeling," said Bajpayee.
Since the film is about a long forgotten freedom movement, Bajpayee said that the makers ensured that it gets its due through its cinematic journey.
"When you are dealing with a movement that happened way back in 1930, the core requirement is not only to have a great script but also fabulous execution that ensures the correct message reaches the audience. We had to do complete justice with the movement and the people who were involved in it."
Bajpayee said that director Bedabrata Pain went through a lot of research on the movement in order to make the narrative more authentic.
"What really works for the film is that the director is the writer as well. He knows his craft and has done a lot of research on this movement. He has also met the people who have been in the know-how of those children who actually participated in this historic movement.
"Also, he went through many books while gathering first hand stories. On seeing the film, one would realise the kind of authenticity he has brought to the entire drama," he said.
Bajpayee also said that the film will instil a sense of pride in the audience and take them through the journey these young revolutionaries embarked on.
"When you come out of the theatre, your chest would be swollen with pride for the children and the people who were a part of that movement. It takes you back into the 30s world and tells you about what all goes into the mind of a child and how his emotions play. The narrative is such that you would feel the thrill, movement and the passion that people must have felt during the era gone by," said Bajpayee.
'Chittagong', releasing this Friday, also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Raj Kumar Yadav and Jaideep Ahlawat who were a part of 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. PTI