Ek Je Chhilo Raja Review & Rating
Srijit Mukherjee's periodical magnum-opus Ek Je Chhilo Raja deals with the mysterious case of Bhawal prince who returns after twelve years of his alleged death. The movie starts with Bhawal prince Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury (Jisshu Sengupta) who is referred to as a ladies' man. His extravagant lifestyle, his tryst with the courtesans, and love for hunting gave a glimpse of his character in the beginning. He was married to Chandrabati but two of them did never share a good bond.
The king was down with syphilis. He was taken to Darjeeling for treatment. Two of his subjects (Anirban and Rudranil) conspired against him and declared him dead. The prince was miraculously rescued by a group of Naga Sanyasi. After twelve years, he returned to Bawal estate and his sister Mrinamayee identified him as her brother. Chandrabati, however, denied and it leads to a court case which went on to create history.
Srijit has done thorough research for the film and incorporates some lesser known facts in his movie. However, the film lacks the dramatic revelations that a film of this granger should have. Jisshu Sengupta as Bhawal prince put an amazing performance and looked credible all over. Jaya Sengupta was a treat to eyes. Anjan Dutt and Aparna Sen too delivered powerful performances. Anirban and Rudranil too did their bit aptly.
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What is Ek Je Chhilo Raja all about?
Srijit Mukherjee's Ek Je Chhilo Raja is a period piece inspired by an incident that proved truth is stranger than fiction. Bhawal prince Mahendra Narayan Chowdhury died at a young age. He returned to his home after eleven years of his alleged death. After a long-running court case, which he fought to prove his identity and claim his estate back from the British government, the court gave the verdict on his favour.
What to expect from Ek Je Chhilo Raja?
Incredible yet true story
Being a period piece, Ek Je Chhilo Raja deals with a strange and extremely interesting incident of the Indian court. Srijit has claimed to present the authentic story which was never told before. The audience would love to find out what really happened with the prince of Bhawal whose life became a mystery for an entire nation.
Prince of Bhawal had lived a life which can only be explained as larger-than-life. A benevolent king, down with syphilis, dead at his 30s, he came to life during cremation! A team of Naga Sanyashi saved him and he lived his life them for a long time. The entire history provides the premise of a magnum opus. Srijit has not left any stone unturned to capture the aura of the story.
The court case
The case of Bhawal prince, also known as imposter king and Sanyashi Raja became a nation-wide sensation. The case took the entire nation by storm as everyone was waiting for the verdict. No wonder that the courtroom drama will be intense and engaging. Anjan Dutt and Aparna Sen's duel as the contending lawyers will be interesting to see.
This could be the best performance delivered by Jisshu Sengupta, feels many. The audience may get to see amazing acting by Jisshu, Jaya Ahsan, Anjan Dutt, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rudranil Ghosh, and Aparna Sen.
The film's album has some soothing tracks written by Srijato and composed by Indraadip Dasgupta. The music has a classic essence in it. It also includes a Rabindra Sangeet. All the soundtracks sound good and the videos also demand a special mention.