N For Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose


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N for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose-the Forgotten Hero..(2005) while some sections of people had problem with word forgotten,but indeed he is forgotten….very few people know about him.Now let us focus about this veteran director Shyam Benegal’s Biographical film about the most heroic and controversial figure from Indian History.

Ok i have used the term heroic….Subhas Chandra Bose indeed was a handsome man,educated…with a rationalistic outlook.A man whose INA gave a death blow to the mighty Union Jack.

Why I am talking about the film,because Benegal carefully chooses the most important account of his life and fits them into a simple tale of a new age warrior…so if you want to tell him something about Bose..talk about the film.(Believe me,one of the most historically accurate film ever….forget Attenborough’s Gandhi)..                                         The first scene brings   two of the most powerful Indian Leaders i.e Gandhiji and Bose together…where Bose is asking to strike Britain with full force and demanding independence..while Gandhiji(who couldn’t read his enemies nature)..still prefer his non violent way…and want to pursue British only after WW2..while Bose argues..Congress did the same during WW1…did the British fulfill their promise ?… Inspite of being the elected President of Tripuri Congress..Bose had to resign….(Gandhiji did not support him…same he did with Bhagat Singh)..

.                                            The film follows the last years of Netaji’s life…from 1939 to his disappearence during the end of WW2.

An authentic screenplay and dramatization of Indian history,the narratology traces Subhas Bose’ Escape from his Elgin Road house in Calcutta,boarding Kalka Mail…traversing through Peshwar,Afghanistan…Russia and finally reaching Germany.

If you are well aware of history…then it is a known fact that Adolf Hitler was the the only man to terrorize the Colonial England.Subhas Bose sought his help…evading British C.I.D..and other international bodies…such was the intelligence of this man.

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What follows..the establishment of INA…(Indian National Army)…their victory and their loss.But their defeat led to the moral dilemma of Royal Indian Navy…and other defense regiments..forced British to withdraw from India. Whatever is yours…you have to demand it..Congress asked for Dominion Status…but bravemen like Veer Savarkar,Bhagat Singh,Surya Sen,Chandrasekhar Azad demanded Independence…and a man like Subhas Bose actually gave us independence.

Talking about the film Sachin Khedekar was born to essay Subhas Chandra Bose….the supporting cast included Jisshu Sengupta,Rajpal Yadav,Divya Dutt and Rajit Kapoor. The production design transported the audience to the last days of British Raj.A.R Rahman’s music is a rare gem over here,so was Javed Akhtar’s lyrics. Winner of National Awards and numerous other accolades…take a bow Mr Benegal for giving us the accurate and inspiring story of y Braveheart.A patriotic treat deserved to be seen by everyone.

Highlights.
1.Various disguise of Sachin Khedekar.
2. The feel of freedom in th independent Afghanistan…where Subhas Bose spit and dance over a British coin….beautiful sequence.
3.Getting an upperhand over Hitler in his office only.                          4.The course of German UBoat.
5.Formation of INA…the grand parade.                                              6.Songs like Kadam Kadam Baraye Ja,Hum Dilli Dilli Jayenge…and Ekla Cholo re.
7.Rajpal Yadav and Rajit Kapoor in every scene.                          8.Lastly…the red fort trial.    Leaving with the film trailer

Debraj Moulick

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7 thoughts on “N For Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

  1. I didn’t forget Bose because I never heard of him in the first place. I like these kinds of films based on true stories and films from this era of time. I don’t think the poster with him shaking hands with Hitler would go over too well for a marketing campaign in the U.S. Enlightening coverage of the film.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    • Thank you sir for the praise…but yes Hitler do have a negative image…yet Subhas was not a fascist…he just took the diplomatic step of befriending the enemy’s enemy… Everything fair in love and War

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  2. Apparently I’m not alone in never having heard of Bose–and yet only the foolish find consolation in numbers, eh? πŸ˜‰ Either way, I know about him now and will do my best to find out more. He wasn’t alone in seeking Nazi Germany’s help to deal a blow to the English; Britain had spent serious amounts of time making enemies, after all. I recently read a book about Ireland’s Sir Roger Casement (well, “Sir” until he was stripped of his knighthood before being executed for treason–bam!) who, like Bose, believed “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. He paid with his life for that, and–again like Bose–he’s mostly forgotten in Ireland (I’d never heard of him either). Ah, but to judge without walking a mile in anyone’s shoes is a common mistake. Seen from his point of view it’s all very different. I’m sure the same applies to Bose… So yes, I’ll see if I can get my hands on some literature πŸ™‚ Thanks for the education!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    • I really don’t understand why Hitler has been made an epitome of Evil..(i loathe his holocaust…i don’t support it)…he tried to raise Germans..thats it..in that way Roosevolt’s decision to bomb Japan with atomic bomb was also an evil task…the film showcased atom bomb dropped in Japan led to the surrender of Japan..and subsequent retreat of INA…turning their victory into a defeat…Thanks for dropping by…I will go through Sir Roger Casement’s life..

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