By Hindustan Times
There seems to be no end to the troubles facing Bedabrata Pain's historical Chittagong. Three years in the making, the director lost his son while the film was being made. And now the news from Kolkata is that the city's intellectual class is up in arms against the film's director for
allegedly having borrowed chunks from author Manini Chatterjee's novel Do And Die, a historical account of the Chittagong uprising in 1930, without acknowledging the source material.
Interestingly, Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se was an official adaptation of Manini Chatterjee's book.
Bedobrata Pain says he is aware of the Kolkata intelligentsia "ganging up" against his film. "I've been told repeatedly in Kolkata that I've borrowed from Manini Chatterjee's book. That is not true at all. If she thinks I've borrowed from her book she's most welcome to sue me. My film is very different from her book. I've used the works of several eminent historians including Prof Sumit Sarkar, and most important of all, I met the actual participants of the Chittagong uprising. I have been guided by the Surya Sen Bhavan .The repository of Chittagong uprising materials in Kolkata who are fully behind the film. I have been guided also by eminent historians such as Amalendu De, chairman of Surya Sen Bhavan. My film is based on first-hand accounts of Subodh Roy whom we met on his death bed and video-taped, as well as those of 102-year old Benode Behari Choudhury, the last surviving participant whom I met in Chittagong. I also talked at length and video-taped Subodh's brother Suhas Roy in Kolkata."
Pain admits he met Manini Chatterjee during the initial stages of his research for his film. "But she was keen we buy the rights of her book. I was not keen on using material from her book. Her account of the Chittagong uprising covers only the period between 1930 and 1934. My film goes into a much wider time arc. Also, her book ends on a note of abject tragedy. I've opted for an optimistic hopeful ending."
Pain says he wanted Manini Chatterjee on board as a consultant for the film. "But she was not int