TE3N MOVIE REVIEWS MY JOURNEY FROM KAPTAI, BANGLADESH TO KOLKATA, INDIA
TE3N Movie produced by Sujoy Ghosh and directed by Ribhu Das Gupta asks me to Review My Three Days or “TEEN (3) Din” Journey to Kolkata ( formerly known as Calcutta) in January 1972. I was camping at Kaptai, Rangamati Hill District of Chittagong Division during January 1972. On my birthday, January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu Shiek Mujibur Rehman arrived at Palam Airport, New Delhi. He returned to Dhaka and assumed office as the first Prime Minister of independent Bangladesh on January 12, 1972.
Operation Eagle concluded its Bangladesh Operations on January 22, 1972. Special Frontier Force contracted Indian Merchant Navy Cargo Vessel to arrange our departure from Port of Chittagong to Port of Kolkata, a distance of about 361 nautical miles. Our ship may have traveled at a speed of about 5 knots/hour and my maiden Sea Voyage took 3 days (TEEN =3 in Hindi). We arrived in Kolkata on Tuesday, January 25, 1972.
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MY JOURNEY TO KOLKATA – PAST IS NOT DEAD – IT’S NOT EVEN PAST
My Past is not Dead for I survived my childhood abduction. My Past is not even Past for it just resurfaced in Kolkata.
This Movie takes me back to Kolkata which I visited for the first time in my life when I sailed from Chittagong Harbor on Saturday, January 22, 1972 to arrive at Kidderpore(?) Docks in Calcutta on Tuesday, 25 January, 1972. After disembarking, there were no formalities, and we quickly proceeded to military vehicles that were waiting to take us to Howrah Railway Station, the oldest railway station in India. I received information that the Train is not ready to depart giving me several hours to spend in Kolkata.
I took a ride in Cycle Rickshaw to reach Purna Das Road, Gariahat, via Rash Behari Avenue after crossing Howrah Bridge for the first time in my life. My eldest brother lived in Gariahat and was working in Hindustan Lever Company (Unilever of India) factory famous for its Lipton Tea. It was a long road journey but the ride was pleasant. Myself and my brother walked over to my uncle’s house for he lived in the same neighborhood. My uncle served in Indian Airlines as Pilot. I returned to Howrah Station using City Bus Service to continue my train journey to Dehradun.
I never expected that I would serve in Assam – NEFA area. I was keen to visit Leh, Ladakh. In my debriefing interview, I expressed my desire to serve in Ladakh Sector and eventually visit the entire Himalayan Frontier from West to East. Ignoring my desire to be dispatched to Ladakh or “Alpha Sector”, Special Frontier Force Headquarters in New Delhi decided to post me to Assam/NEFA or “Delta Sector.”. To my surprise, I reached Doom Dooma town, a name I never heard before. However, it is famous for its Tea Gardens and it seems Hindustan Lever has a large factory to process tea leaves. I had no time to visit that place. But, my camp is surrounded by Tea estate with plenty of Orange trees used to provide cover apart from fruits. It was again, a pleasant surprise as they used to sell us fresh fruit across our barbed wire fence. We used to buy bucketfuls of fresh oranges for our Officers Mess as they were so cheap. As water in that area is not very good, we used to drink freshly squeezed orange juice all the time. We used to visit Tea plantations where lot of friends known to my Unit Officers worked as managers. Many of them served in Army or Police before.
My picture image that appears in TE3N Movie was taken in a photo studio at Doom Dooma and I still have two copies of the same. I lost that Picture ID Card when my belongings(suitcase) got stolen. This is the only photo image of my Army ID that still lives today and I have not saved copies of others.
It surprises me to find Bollywood Movie ‘TE3N’ includes a scene in which my Indian Army Photo ID picture is revealed. This Army ID along with my army uniform and other belongings contained in a black leather suitcase that I purchased in Kaptai of Bangladesh during 1971 Liberation War got stolen at Cuttack railway station while I was traveling to Tinsukia, after my 1972 annual leave at Rajahmundry.
I lodged a complaint with Cuttack Railway Police and could not get immediate assistance from duty Police Constable. On January 10, 1973, my birthday, my Commandant punished me with an official, verbal ‘REPRIMAND’ that entered into my Service Record in ‘Blue Ink’.
In recent months, when I reviewed that theft, it aroused suspicion of some unknown Chinese spy who may have stolen my Army Photo ID. Since TE3N movie is entirely shot in Kolkata, the stolen Army ID resurfaced to get included with three other photo images in a scene imaginatively created by Movie Director. I will be happy to recover my Army Picture ID if the film company found it in Kolkata. I have noticed increased site visits to my blog post in which I included this photo, and now I think this movie released on June 10 could be the reason.
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SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
TE3N is a suspense thriller set in Kolkata. Industry’s best actors Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui coming together in one film.
Story in detail:
It’s been 8 years since John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan) lost his granddaughter, Angela, in a tragic kidnapping incident that scarred him & his wife Nancy forever. But eight years later, while the world has moved, John hasn’t given up his relentless quest for justice.
He continues to visit the police station where he’s shunned & ignored every day. The only person whose help he seeks is Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an ex-cop turned priest who has one thing in common with John – the death of Angela had a life altering impact on both men.
But then, 1 day, 8 years after that tragic incident, there’s another kidnapping & everything about it echoes of similarity with the kidnapping of Angela. Father Martin is once again dragged into the investigation by cop Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan).