New York Indian Film Festival 2012

May 23-27, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 6.30 pm, Paris Theatre.
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Directed by Bedabrata Pain
India. 2012. 105 minutes. Hindi (with English subtitles)
Cast- Manoj Bajpai, Barry John and Delzad Hiwale

In a little known incident in the 1930s British occupied India, a handful of untrained teenage boys and girls, led by a school teacher, handed the British their first military defeat. Set against this backdrop, Chittagong is the story of the youngest and the most unlikely participant – a frail and diffident 14 old teenager, Jhunku Roy. It portrays an incredible journey of a teenager, who battles nagging self-doubts and reluctance on one hand, and a formidable enemy on the other, to achieve an impossible triumph.

Bedabrata Pain Till two years ago, Bedabrata was a top tier NASA scientist – a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. He is one of the inventors of the digital image sensor technology that has enabled the digital camera revolution – from cell-phone cameras to movie cameras (such as those used by RED) to those in space telescopes. For his invention, he is an inductee to the US Space Technology Hall of Fame. In December 2008, he left NASA to pursue his passion – film-making. "Chittagong" marks his directorial debut. Before this, he was the executive producer of internationally acclaimed, national award winning "Amu" (2005). A playwright, singer and an activist, he was also the producer and the principal researcher for the documentary called "Lifting the Veil" on the impact of globalization in India, and the writer of the book titled "Behind the events in Kashmir".In addition to film-making, he continues to serve in the technical advisory board of several image sensor companies and guide them in developing the next-generation digital image sensing technology.

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