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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)

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The film, which is about the last five years of the Indian leader Subhas Chandra Bose's life, also includes his life's story in flashback sequences. However, it does not cover the controversy surrounding Bose's death.


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Credited cast:
Ila Arun ...
Pankaj Berry ...
Aabid Khan
General Auchinlek
Nalini Chatterjee ...
Vikrant Chaturvedi ...
Lt. Prem Kumar Sahgal
Pradeep Kumar Das ...
Kelly Dorji
Ila Bose
Chris England ...
CID Chief
Jayant Gadekar ...
Col Bhonsale
Sonamoni Jayant Gadekar ...
Capt Janaki
Arindham Ghosh ...
Subhas Chandra Bose's Cousin
Zakhir Hussein
Rajit Kapoor ...
Abid Hasan
Ahmed Khan ...
Mian Akbar


Born in a prominent Bengali family, Subhas had dedicated much of his younger years by being actively involved in ridding the British from India. For this purpose he joined hands with stalwarts such as Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohandas Gandhi, but expressed his frustration, especially with Gandhi's slow and painstaking way of trying to win over the enemy with love. It is for this reason, he decided to separate from the Congress Party. The British became weary of him, placed him under arrest, but when he started a hunger strike unto death, they let him go, but kept him under surveillance. Subhas eluded the police, under the guise of Pathan Mohammad Ziauddin, crossed the Indian border in Afghanistan so that he could enter Russia and form an Indian Army to oust the British. His efforts failed, he ended up as Italian Orlando Mashtar, with an office in Germany. He did manage to convince the Nazis, despite of Hitler's views in "Main Kempf" that he preferred India to remain colonized under the ... Written by rAjOo (

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Meet the charismatic leader...the dare-devil...the ultimate patriot...brought back into the consciousness of a new generation... in a Shyam Benegal film. See more »


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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Bose, le heros oublié  »

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INR 210,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The film was originally going to premier on 5 May 2004, in a Calcutta Indian Army ground, in a bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Unfortunately, the petition submitted by the researchers forced this premier to be canceled. See more »


Subhas Bose: Give me blood and I will give you freedom!
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.59 (2012) See more »


Composed and Sung by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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The film is..... RUBBISH!!! RUBBISH!!! RUBBISH!!!!
17 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So on 16 September 2008, I finally got to watch this film on Zee Cinema in UK. I had been dying to watch this film for some time now! I love biographical films like Sardar, Legend of Bhagat Singh, Gandhi, JFK and other films like. The reason being that these are the types of films that are made only after a ton of research has been done.

But Bose, I did not enjoy! Why? Because of its cheap production values and crappy acting. Sachin started off brilliantly, portraying Bose wonderfully but then everything started looking cheap and executed in a hurry.

This film should have been an epic but it lacked everything that would have brought closer to being an epic! Cinematography at times was just simple, boring and unattractive. The wide angle lens were used very badly.

Dialogues were just plain stupid at times.

Sound Mixing was stupid at moments.

The way INA was portrayed very badly.

The army movements were stupid! I really wish that they had used some real Military Advisers. The drunk solider scene was just pointless! The 600 South Indian soldiers' scene was pointless!!! The actor was portraying as Hitler was very inappropriate! The scene in Kabul where Sufi Saint and his followers were singing was totally pointless and dragged for too long, unnecessarily! Those two cops outside Bose's house were stupid characters and had no value! The Austrian secretary character was pretty much useless and acted very badly! She was trying to act in a Bollywood-ish manner which did not suit her at all! The special effects/computer effects were horrendous! They were blowing spitfires off with hand grenades! You can damage a spitfire but you can not destroy a plane with grenade like that! The explosion animation/effect that was used to blow up the planes at night was used again and again, and even in daytime when they were blowing up the tanks when INA is attacking India.

The train shot in the beginning of the film were shot very badly and without any invention and creativity! Two times, same shots were used twice in the film! The infrastructure that was shown around in the film, definitely didn't look like it was from 1930s 1940s.

The cheating shots such as, when Bose were attending the INA parade in Singapore or Japan, didn't look like either of those countries. They were clearly shot in India.

When INA is finally marching towards India,they are attacked by British planes. This as done with computer graphics but the planes were so obviously just black blobs flying! They didn't even bother to fix it so that the tree that were between the planes and road were between the planes and road. To put it short, computer effects sucks big time! They would probably look OK in a Pakistani film! lol! Overall this film was just 2, 2 out of 25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RUBBISH!!! RUBBISH!!! RUBBISH!!!!

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