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.
More than 13 years ago, @KDevanshuSingh and I decided to throw an exciting birthday party. For Chintu.
Today, we formally invite all of you, and we invite the innocence, the faith, the goodness that lies deep within you, to this party. Will you join us? On June 5? On @ZEE5India? pic.twitter.com/rjWfs9ZBSg
— satyanshu singh (@satysingh) May 26, 2020
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.
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.
The first draft of #ChintuKaBirthday started with this quote by Albert Einstein:
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
Every day, some of the trending hashtags remind me of this. What a stupid species we are!
— satyanshu singh (@satysingh) June 2, 2020
Making #ChintuKaBirthday was amazing because of all the lovely people on the team. Today as @KDevanshuSingh and I look back, we're filled with gratitude. How amazing they have all been, our lovely cast and crew! Soon, you will see their work on @ZEE5India @ZEE5Premium pic.twitter.com/mdC7ZEWDIA
— satyanshu singh (@satysingh) May 28, 2020
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.