Bose : Dead / Alive ; Review


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Director -Pulkit

Writer – Reshu Nath

Based on Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-Up

Genre – Biopic , Historical Drama

Creator – Ekta Kapoor

Players -Rajkummar Rao, Naveen Kasturia

Country of Origin-   India

Languages – Hindi , English

 

No. of Seasons -1

No. of Episodes-9

It is challenging to understand Subhas Chandra Bose because he carries a certain depth in his personality, thinking and execution of his ideologies.(Subhas Ke bojha shokto)

Ok, this review is exclusively excluded for Leftist fuckers (except the admirer of M.N Roy, respect to him) and Congress suckers (no no I’m not a bhakt).Sorry for using the cuss words…you will know the reason….

Rajkummar Rao, Surendra Rajan, and Sanjay Gurbaxani as Nehru, Gandhi and Bose-k himaanshu shuklaa

To all the Indians and rest of the viewers from other parts of the world, you can pick up any Indian text book and you will discover half page of description about this particular man. Gandhi has been credited to be the forerunner of Indian Independence, no never..it was the action of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army and the subsequent ripples across the docks of Royal Indian Navy(1946) in Bombay which gave us freedom. No need to believe the words of a lousy blogger like me. Please go through Anuj Dhar’s India’s Biggest Cover-Up and Shailesh Dey’s Ami Subhash Bolchi, you will get back up evidence for all the statements that have been stated above.

Ekta Kapoor’s Bose: Dead/Alive is an Indian Web series based on Anuj Dhar’s  controversial and bestselling book India’s Biggest Cover-Up which claimed that Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in a fabricated air crash on 18th August 1945, Taiwan. Mukherjee Commission which was investigating the case of Netaji’s disappearance also supported the view of Anuj Dhar’s theory.

The series traces the life, struggle and so called afterlife of one of the most charismatic heroes of the nation, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.On one hand, we see the rise of this enigmatic personality while on the other hand the web series feeds the audience with the sensational story of Netaji’s disappearance from Taiwan.

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Rajkumar Rao with almost zero resemblance to the physicality of the great leader essays the titular role and amazes you in every frame. This is called the power of acting which makes you believe that the character is actually alive on your screen. He doesn’t try hard to play Bose, he is Bose over here. He is magnetic, he is witty and most importantly he is determined to reach his destiny, Rao is so natural as Bose. Subhas Bose never cared about the diplomacy of politics, Rajkumar Rao’s showcases such daring attitudes with every dialogue and action throughout each and every episode and yes he gets the bong diction perfectly.

The fictional character Darbari Lal essayed by the famed Pitcher’s actor Naveen Kasturia deserves a thumbs up for being a neutral narrator and an intelligent persona across all the episodes. He is an Indian serving in British Calcutta Police and almost untouched by a passion for India’s freedom. Patrelekha did her job perfectly as a colonially educated turned  revolutionary spirit. Anna Ador as Emile could have been much better in few of the scenes. Edward Sonnenblick as the IG of British Calcutta Police leaves a mark with his natural acting in the show. I am hoping to see more of his acting capabilities. The show boasts multilingual and multicultural cast and this mixed bunch of actors provides certain weight to the show.

The production design is the best till date in Indian television and Indian cinema , I am not joking..pause your screen go to Youtube video of any World War 2 movies ..you will have a quick idea about the hard work involved in the furniture, dress , fabrics, cigarettes lighter, guns, curtains and many more.

The plot is based on the book by Anuj Dhar but it has taken certain dramatic liberties for the sake of it.The racy camera angles and unconventional jump cuts are praiseworthy and highly energizing to the core. If you miss something ; you might get tossed as the show demands your attention. The screenplay builds up Netaji’s larger than life personality filled with unbiased love for motherland , zero tolerance for dishonesty , hypocrisy , procrastination and lastly the passion of getting things done at any cost. Neo-noir cinema at it’s best, believe me, the slick editing is damn addictive.

Dr. G and Neel Adhikary’s penchant for rap music and fiery background score is just wow, you people deserve applause for creating such adrenalin pumping score throughout all the episodes. Subhas Bose is a rock star over here and 72 years after his disappearance he is still young, the music will make you feel that Bose is a rockstar.

The series will expose the hypocrisy of All India Congress and its futile attempt to gain independence. The viewers will witness the hypocrisy of Gandhism because Subhas Bose questions his ideology of nonviolence …if nonviolence was the motto, then why did Gandhi send so many Indian soldiers to fight a violent war for the British in World War 2? Does it pinch? Yeah in Dunkirk there were Indian soldiers also. That is Rajkumar Rao , that was Subhas Bose logical and hard hitting to the core. You might think Subhas took the aid of Hitler, it was a wrong step ..no my dear friend, he had to choose between bad and worse…he chose the bad and British killed more people than Hitler. He played it like a game of chess, the only aim was to drive British away.

Check out the dialogues…

 “If he is alive and he does return ..who would be the Prime Minister of India ?”

(do check the reaction of Chacha Nehru)

“Congress ko sirf sarkar bananey mein interest hain , azadi mein nahin.”

In the end, the series will keep you lingering for more and more……..you might start revisiting Indian history again …

Between fact and fiction…Netaji stays.

Don’t you dare miss the action and life of the most dangerous enemy of British Raj….

Download the app..watch it

 

Pros

Rajkumar Rao in every aspect

Fast-paced motion of the screenplay and hard-hitting plot by Keshu Nath

Excellent production design

Revealing some hard-hitting facts about Indian history

Detailed direction by Pulkit

Rocking music by Dr. G and Neel Adhikary

Real Life shooting locations.

Cons

Supporting cast could have been better

Bengal’s Bose – The Forgotten Hero was much more detailed ..this show overlooks some of the most daring voyages by Subhas Bose.

Chittaranjan Das, the mentor of Subhas was nowhere in the scene

I was looking for Rashbehari Bose and the hypocrisy of Indian Govt post Independence regarding Shawnawaz Commission and other stuff.

Netaji fled at the dead of night from his Calcutta home not in daylight in disguise of a Pathan Ziauddin Haque , not in western suit.

Subhas Bose seemed to be bit arrogant but it’s ok.

Ratings- 9.5/10

Trivia – The actress who essayed the role of Netaji’s sister-in-law also appeared in Benegal’s Bose-The Forgotten Hero.

Check out the trailer

Images – Images have been taken from the internet.

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Raag Desh-The Raga of India’s Heroes


Raag Desh- A Movie Review

Director- Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writer -Pramod Singh , Tigmanshu Dhulia

Players – Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Kenny Basumatary, Kenny Desai

Let me tell you something about myself , I am from the metropolis of Calcutta-home of one of the most charismatic hero in World History , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.I have supported the concept of non-violence against the intruders. It was and it is always by war. You name the book , I have been through it . You name the documentaries  and other creative works on Netaji and INA , I have gone through all of them. Thus  there is no fooling over here  ,Tigmanshu Dhulia ‘s Raag Desh comes up with brilliant research work about INA and Netaji.

The story of Raag Desh is so detailed that you tend to stand up and salute to the research team of the film . Few years ago Shyam Benegal made an endearing biographical film Bose-The Forgotten Hero which ended with the staged Taihaku flight accident of Subhas Bose(read the reports of Mukherjee Commission) and the trial of INA officers. Raag Desh picks up the story-line from the famous Red Fort trial (1945)of the three star studded men of Azad Hind Fauj.

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Dhulia has been successful in extracting  some of the career defining performances from majority of the actors. The three leading men Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah doesn’t leave any room for complain. I wonder why Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh have been missing from action , dear Bollywood please use them properly . Mohit Marwah’s voice and body language is hard hitting on the 70mm. Kenny Basumatary, as the supreme leader of INA and the bravest leader of all time(yes yes Subhas Bose ) manages to leave a mark on the  audience. Kanwaljit Singh is as good as ever in his empathetic role in the film.However it is Kenny Desai as Bhulabhai Desai who steals the laurel of acting department. Loved it the way you articulated your character on the screen.Look out for the journalist in the film(yeah the bad mouth Delhi ka launda in Pink)..you will love him.

As usual no spoilers about the film’s story-line . But there is a weak point in the narration, Dhulia employs excessive to and fro jumps between past and present scenarios in the film and it is tiring at times.

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The film falls flat on some of the shoddy fight sequence but manages to compensate it on the court-room scenes in the film. Music is average over here , but the background score is rather very compelling . INA’s theme song Kadam Kadam Baraye Ja is a treat to the audience.

Raag Desh is not the usual loud screeching Bollywood patriotic films. It has been carefully crafted by Tigmanshu and his team. It is satirical  and it is free from any kind of jingoism. It is a tragic story of a failed army who dreamt big and worked hard to gain freedom. Subhas Bose appears in flashes but his ideals of  hitting the enemy hard reverberates across all the members of INA in Raag Desh. Ironically many Indians also fought against INA soldiers across the North-Eastern front of India , Raag-Desh portrays the dilemma of the INA soldiers shooting their own countrymen(British Indian Army ). It is one of the most heart-wrenching moment of the movie. The film will remind you of court room dramas like Shaurya, A Few Good Men and Twelve Angry Men. But Raag Desh is original and brilliant in its own accord.

When Bollywood is caught up with making ghisa- pita love stories and southern rip off , Raag Desh is a bold move and almost a an epic execution. Watch the movie to know the real heroes of Indian freedom movement. Watch it for real information and real life characters of our nation . Don’t miss this one. Lastly this is not Dunkirk(much behind it) but this one will go down in history. Tigmanshu Dhulia, take a bow. There is only emotion that is love for the nation…it surpasses religion, Raag Desh proved it and didn’t pester forced nationalism and secularism. IMDB gave it 9.1/10 by the way… 😛

 

Pros

Excellent Research Work

Top notch acting by the cast

Strong screen-play

Brilliant Direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Satirical and Intelligent tone

Cons

Editing is weak.

Too much jumping jack between past and present.

Rating- 4.5/5

Verdict – Jai Hind ….

 

 

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

 

Never Again : A Book Review


 

 

Never Again by Shreyan Laha

Blurb : One terrorist organisation, seven lives, two nations… Everything revolves around a charcoal smeared diary titled “The Stranded Legend” in which Nazi soldier Kasper Hartmann claimed that he once visited India during the World War 2. But… in the current times of corrupt and anti-national politics, a common man possessing such a controversial diary is no less than a danger. There has to be someone who would seek to eliminate the truth… Never Again reveals about the legend of a Nazi soldier and a labyrinth of current-day shocking conspiracies which opens up one after another. Never Again reveals about the legend of a Nazi soldier and a labyrinth of current-day shocking conspiracies which opens up one after another.

Book Review

Hey people have you ever seen a Spidey web ? What about a mesh of such things ? It will be highly complex situation..and there lies the fun to decipher it.Shreyan Laha’s second novel is an intricate historical thriller.

The plot is about a missing (read fictional) Nazi officer  wiped out from the pages of history. In one word the plot is good..but the most important thing in this novel is the mode of narration.It constantly shifts between first person narrative to third person narrative.Laha have managed to grip the readers to the core. Occasionally the narrator provides the reader with doses of World war history..but it never crosses it’s limit.The novel boasts some interesting characterization like Aarav,Saira,the talented Historian and the Legend Kasper itself.However what make this novel a dear piece of historical fiction is the ability of the author to teleport you into the war torn Europe of 1940s.

Now as a critic I would say the episode of Kasper’s love life,his psychological war and spiritual angle deserve a separate story of its own. Two of the most important historical characters who could and always challenged the mighty(it was crumbling) Union Jack appears in the novel.Laha tackled one of the most controversial issue (the disappearance of His Majesty’s Opponent) with effortless narrative style.There have been great deal of research about the story and it is visible everywhere.However these subplots never envelope the major one.

The constant shift between the past and present is highly commendable,so is the translation of the German Diary.Keep it up Mr Laha with your study of language and culture.

The book comes up with few moments of philosophy and I would like to quote one of them

“People do not change. The changed self is always within us, unknown to us.”

In English Literature, we have a genre known as Bildungsroman ,which traces the formation of character from childhood till the end.Never Again very aptly portrays the genre and in the process make you feel the character.

The character sketch of Kasper is highly noteworthy,so his childhood,his love life ,his gore filled Nazi career and that terrifying end….ah man loved it.The scenes in the German concentration camp and the death of a near one is heartbreaking and full of thrills.

The ongoing terrorist problem and the illegal immigration is a threat to our nation and it is visible throughout the plot,at last some fiction dealt with the issue of illegal immigration.

This work is a pure evil…. which means kickass.Go for it..This one is highly enjoyable pacy thriller without any kind of ornamental English word.Hey People…get up and order your copy from Amazon or go to nearby Bookshop.Enjoy

Pros

1.Gripping Plot.

2.Lively Characterization.

3.Smart special appearences of Historical Characters.

4.Thorough research.

5.Subtle romantic escapades.

6.Horror and Terror never overlapped each other.

7.Cool Philosophical Gyan.

8.It raises many questions.

9.The starting paragraph in itself is a sure winner.

Cons

1.Horrible Editing.

  1. Petra died too quickly.

3.You could have stretched the climax a bit further.

4.Fuhrer deserves more lines 😛

5.Cover Picture could have been much more detailed.

Rating – 4.5/5