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Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (transl. We play with our lives) is a 2010 Indian epic action-adventure film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker released on 3 December 2010. It stars Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Sikander Kher in lead roles. The film was based on the book Do And Die by Manini Chatterjee, a historical non-fiction book on the Chittagong Uprising.

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAshutosh Gowarikar
Produced byAjay Bijli
Sanjeev Bijli
Sunita A. Gowariker
Screenplay byAshutosh Gowariker
Raoul V Randolf
Based onDo And Die: The Chittagong Uprising 1930-34
by Manini Chatterjee
StarringAbhishek Bachchan
Deepika Padukone
Sikandar Kher
Vishakha Singh
Music bySohail Sen
CinematographyKiran Deohans
Seetha Sandhiri
Edited byDilip Deo
Distributed byPVR Pictures
Release date
  • 3 December 2010 (2010-12-03)
Running time
2h 54m
Budget450 million (US$6.5 million)[1][2]
Box office49.1 million (US$710,000)[3]

The film was set in Chittagong (now in Bangladesh), but was shot mostly in Goa along with portions in Mumbai.[4] The first promo of was unveiled on 12 October 2010, on the film's official Facebook page.[5] The film depicts the events of the Chittagong Uprising from its rise to its aftermath, which was an attempt on 18 April 1930 to raid the armoury of police and auxiliary forces from the Chittagong armoury in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Bangladesh) by armed Indian independence fighters led by Surya Sen.[2][3]



The film opens up with 16 teenagers playing football in an open field, when the army convoy steps up and orders them to evacuate the field for setting up a base there. When the children oppose their unauthorised evacuation, the soldiers threaten them and then leave, grinning and planning to meet Masterda Surya Sen (Abhishek Bachchan).

Surya Sen is a village school teacher and an activist for Indian freedom. He has connections to other revolutionaries who regard him as their leader. The revolutionaries were Ganesh Ghosh (Samrat Mukerji), Lokenath Bal, Ambika Chakraborty, Nirmal Sen (Sikander Kher) and Ananta Singh (Maninder Singh). After being release from jail, Nirmal Sen (Sikander Kher) meets Masterda and asks him for next action. Masterda assures him of next action soon and Nirmal goes on to meet Pritilata Waddedar (Vishakha Singh), when she expresses her eagerness to join the Indian Republican Army along with his friend Kalpana Datta (Deepika Padukone). Together they meet Masterda who asks them to prove their skills by assigning them the task of collecting information about the Cantonment. Dressed as sweeping girls they both draw successful sketches of the Cantonment.

The gallows in Chittagong Central Jail, Bangladesh, where Surya Sen was hanged. The Government of Bangladesh designated it a monument.

Meanwhile, Masterda had split the group into four and asked them to separate. While living with her sister in Patiya village the police under Major Cameron surrounded Masterda and tried to capture him but he was shot dead by Nirmal sen. While Nirmal got wounded, he asked Masterda to get out of there and henceforth sacrificing his own life fighting. Later eight young rebels led by Pritilata Waddedar attacked the European Club. After killing the officials the rebels fled and Pritilata committed suicide by swallowing Cyanide. Masterda escaped and retired to another house with Kalpana and other young rebels. Meanwhile, the Police SP of Chittagong and other parts press hard crackdown on escaping rebel members and search for Masterda like anything. While, Masterda escaped, other members got arrested or killed in encounters with police while some members shot themselves like heroes to evade brutal torture by police. After few months, Haripada a young rebel decides to take revenge as he assassinates the SP who had an upper hand while suppressing the rebels, during an army football match. Finally, one night Masterda was encircled and was captured by police troopers he was trialled before the court and was sentenced to death by hanging, Surya Sen happily accepts the verdict. Before the death sentence, Surya Sen was brutally tortured by British executioners who break all his teeth, limbs and joints with a hammer. He was dragged to the rope unconscious and was hanged, thus ending the glorious life of a revolutionary who became one of the living legends, who laid their lives fighting for India's independence



Critical responseEdit

The film opened to generally positive reviews. Critics reactions to the film have been mostly generous, although several[which?] said it was much too long.[6]

Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India felt that the filmmaker was able to "combine high-octane drama with a high degree of restraint". She wrote, "The film unfolds like a relentless thriller with loads of action involving the band of revolutionaries as they go about their bloody business."[7][8]

NDTV gave 2.5 out of 5 rating and noted, Ashutosh Gowariker is Bollywood's most earnest historian and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is a noble attempt at restoring glory to long-forgotten heroes.[9] Critic Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film four out of five who opined recreating the bygone era is indeed demanding, laborious and strenuous. It's a challenge to present the era convincingly. Besides extensive detailing to lend authenticity, the director carries the responsibility of making the characters come alive to the present-day generation. Gowariker has successfully done that in the past and does it successfully yet again in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. The expectations from Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey are minimal, but you can't overlook the fact that it's a genuinely honest effort that needs to be encouraged and appreciated.[10]

Sify movies, which also gave a two and a half rating, said that would be a film one would wholeheartedly and unabashedly recommend.[11]

Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN gave it a two star rating explaining "It's a noble effort that gives you a glimpse of forgotten history".[12]

Reuters mentioned that the Gowariker's biggest strength is that he chooses a story worth telling. For that reason alone, and to get a glimpse into a much-ignored part of our history, this film is worth a watch.[13]

In the newspaper Daily News and Analysis, Aniruddha Guha says that it is the story of the film that made it watchable. "The strong points of the film are the novel storyline – that of kids fighting for independence – and the performances of most actors, especially the children. Also, Gowariker manages to recreate the era well (with art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai), and draws you in the plot slowly and steadily," wrote Mr. Guha.[6]

Box officeEdit

In spite of highly positive reviews, the film had a very poor opening.[according to whom?] The film was a Box Office disaster and proved to be a loss for the PVR Production House.[citation needed]


The film's songs and film score were composed by Sohail Sen, who had worked on Ashutosh's previous film What's Your Raashee?. The lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar.[14] The music was launched on 27 October 2010.[15] The complete track listing of the soundtrack was also released on the same day of the music launch, on the film's official Facebook page.[16] The official soundtrack consists of twelve tracks; including five songs and seven background score cues, some of which have been arranged and programmed by Simaab Sen.[citation needed] The title track has been sung by the pupils from Suresh Wadkar's music academy.[citation needed] Malayalam playback singer Ranjini Jose made her Bollywood debut through the song "Naiyn Tere".[17]

Awards and nominationsEdit

2011 Zee Cine Awards



  1. ^ "Young rebels | Business Standard News". 1 October 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ "PVR tells Gowarikar to restrict KHJJS duration to 2​12 hrs?". Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  3. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network. "All India 2010". Boxofficeindia.Com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey to be released on December 3". Daily News & Analysis. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  5. ^ Here is the first Theatrical Trailer of Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. KHJJS Official Facebook page. Retrieved 12-10-2010
  6. ^ a b Sahni, Diksha (3 December 2010). "Review Round-up: 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' Is Well Played". The Wall Street Journal.
  7. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (2 December 2010). "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey gets rave reviews". Hindustan Times. 3 December 2010. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey -". Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) | Movie Review, Trailers, Music Videos, Songs, Wallpapers". Bollywood Hungama. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Movie Review:Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey review: A restless watch". Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Masand: 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' lacks life - Reviews - Bollywood reviews - ibnlive". 10 December 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey: A story worth telling". Reuters. 3 December 2010.
  14. ^ Everyone has been asking about the music director, so thought... KHJJS Official Facebook page. Retrieved 29-10-2010
  15. ^ "Abhishek, Deepika launch soundtrack of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey". Sify Movies. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  16. ^ Here is the final confirmation of the Track List that you have all been waiting for!! KHJJS Official Facebook page. Retrieved 06-10-2010
  17. ^ "Ranjini Jose to rock Bollywood". Sify. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  18. ^ "Nominations for Zee Cine Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.

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