Chintu Ka Birthday: A film about celebrating the small joys of life

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Chintu Ka Birthday

Produced by All India Bakchod's banner Final Draft, Chintu ka Birthday is a comedy-drama set in the background of Iraq where a Bihari family is stuck in wartime. 

Starring Vinay Pathak (Chintu's Father), Tillotama Shome (Chintu's Mother), Seema Pahwa (Chintu's Grandmother) and Vedant Chibber (Chintu), Chintu Ka Birthday has tested rough waters from the time of its inception.

A low budget film with no promotional or marketing funds, the project took almost 10 years to complete. The final cut was screened in Jagran Film Festival and a few theatres but the film is now finally getting its premiere on ZEE5 this week ~ June 5.

The film is produced by comedians Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya and Gursimran Khamba, under their banner Final Draft, a screen-writing residential program by All India Bakchod.

Set inside a house of a war-torn country Iraq, the illegal immigrant Bihari family tries best to celebrate the birthday of their 6-year old boy. The innocence and enthusiasm with which family preps for the birthday party lifts the tension film holds and the story is a real treat to watch.

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As the day unfolds, the war outside starts affecting the celebration with uninvited guests (read American soldiers) entering the house.

Writer-director duo Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu Kumar deserve a special appreciation for brilliantly portraying the innocence weaved with power-packed performances from the immensely talented cast.

The directors have done an amazing job in drawing a contrast in the situations of family decorating the house to accommodate 50 people and compensate last year's miss in the celebration because of the war, on the other hand, the father defies power-cuts, bombs, American soldiers. Amidst all the chaos they have managed to seamlessly merge the two extreme worlds in the boundaries of a house.

By the end of the film, questions related to illegal immigration, war, good or bad might lose its relevance but the film surely reinstates the value of celebrating small joys in life. 

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