Subhas Chandra Bose has always been a point of interest for many filmmakers across the country. The heroic life, philosophy, bravery and mystery around Netaji's death have given birth to many cinematic representations.
Born on January 23, 1897, Netaji played a crucial role in India's freedom movement. On Bose's 126th birth anniversary, here is looking at movies depicting his life.
The film does not directly revolve around Subhas' life but around one of his INA soldier's life and his struggle to give up the love of his life and sister for the sake of his country. Helmed by Ramesh Saigal, the film portrays the struggle of freedom fighters and Subhas Chandra Bose's ideologies and political views.
Subhas Chandra (1966)
The Bengali film by Piyush Bose gave a brief peek into how Bose's beliefs evolved and how he evolved into a fierce political activist determined to battle for India's freedom. From Bose's childhood days and college years to his experience of taking the Indian Civil Service test have been showcased in the movie.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004)
The film focused on Bose's escape from house arrest, a departure from India, and the establishment of the INA. Azad Hind Fauj's campaign to liberate India from British rule is then shown in the movie. Directed by notable filmmaker Shyam Benegal, the biopic cast Sachin Khedekar as Netaji. Other important characters were played by Jisshu Sengupta (as Sisir Bose), Kulbhusan Kharbanda (as Uttamchand Malhotra), and Divya Dutta (as Ila Bose), amongst others.
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Ami Subhash Bolchi (2011)
Subhas Chandra Bose played a pivotal role in a Bengali layman's life in this film. Debabrata Bose (Mithun Chakraborty) fights for his mother tongue and motherland. Through Debabrata's conscience, Subhas motivates and rejuvenates the will to fight for his motherland. This Bengali movie is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.
Raag Desh (2017)
This periodic drama is based on the Indian National Army, which Netaji founded, and the fight to liberate India, which was fought on the banks of the Irrawaddy in Burma. The dramatic trial that led to India's freedom and those historical events are brought to life in Tigmanshu Dhulia's directorial.
Bose: Dead/Alive (2017)
The nine-part television series also delves into the theories around Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's mysterious death circumstances. The series is based on author Auj Dhar's 2012 book, 'India's Biggest Cover-up'. The series addresses the conspiracy theorists who believe that Subhash Chandra Bose did not die in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945. Directed by Ekta Kapoor, the series is starred by Rajkummar Rao, as Subhas Chandra Bose.
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The movie ‘Gumnaami’ is a dramatisation of the Mukherjee Commission Hearings, which took place from 1999 to 2005 and during which the three theories regarding the demise of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were explored and contested.
The Forgotten Army (2020)
Initially released in 1999, Kabir Khan's six-episode documentary, released on the digital platform, showcased the lesser-known facts and struggles of Bose's Indian National Army soldiers.