Chittagong movie
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A special screening of director Bedabrata Pain's film "Chittagong" was held on Wednesday at Cinemax in Mumbai and was attended by several Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

Other celebrities like Jaya Bachchan, Huma Qureshi, Anil Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Rajat Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Resul Pookutty, Shabana Azmi, film director Vishal Bharadwaj and Konkana Sen Sharma attended the special screening of the film.

"Chittagong" is co-produced by Bedabrata Pain Sunil Bohra, Anurag Kashyap and Shonali Bose. The movie stars Manoj Bajpai, Vega Tamotia, Jaideep Ahlawat, Barry John, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Alexx O'Nell.

Set against the backdrop of British-occupied India (now Bangladesh) in the 1930s, the film tells the story of a diffident 14-year-old boy. The movie is scheduled to hit the theatres on Oct 12.

According to IANS, Shah Rukh said that he "wanted to be part of the film, but unfortunately it didn't happen."

"What a delightfully intense film Chittagong. All the best Bedo... Anurag Kashyap... Manoj... Vega... Nawazuddin...Shonah. Thanx for the experience," he tweeted.

Reports said that the film was ready by 2010 but its release was delayed for the sake of the Ashutosh Gowariker's film "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey", which is also based on the Chittagong uprising.

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who also attended Wednesday's premiere, said that he felt bad about the film's delayed release.

"I had already seen the film and I am very happy that it is releasing because it is such a beautiful film that it's non-release used to hurt me," Bhardwaj had said.

Earlier, a cold war between the Bachchans and the makers of "Chittagong" began when Abhishek ended up doing "Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se". Amitabh and wife Jaya's presence at the premier suggested everything is now fine.

"Chittagong the film by Bedabrata Pain premier tonight.. a moving touching experience .. Sensitively shot and enacted...," Amitabh Bachchan tweeted

"Chittagong' a film that captures an important part of our history - freedom fight against British rule, by a bunch of school kids !" he wrote.