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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's life, also includes his life's story in flashback sequences.


Shyam Benegal
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Credited cast:
Vinay Anand Vinay Anand
Ila Arun ... Ranu
Pankaj Berry Pankaj Berry ... Aabid Khan
Nicolas Chagrin Nicolas Chagrin ... General Auchinlek
Nalini Chatterjee Nalini Chatterjee ... Meera
Vikrant Chaturvedi Vikrant Chaturvedi ... Lt. Prem Kumar Sahgal
Pradeep Kumar Das Pradeep Kumar Das ... Servant
Abha Dhulia Abha Dhulia
Kelly Dorji Kelly Dorji
Divya Dutta ... Ila Bose
Chris England Chris England ... CID Chief
Jayant Gadekar ... Col Bhonsale
Sonamoni Jayant Gadekar ... Capt Janaki
Arindham Ghosh Arindham Ghosh ... Subhas Chandra Bose's Cousin
Zakhir Hussein Zakhir Hussein


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 slowgan and painstaking way of trying to win over the enemy with love. This is the 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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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This was a man who traveled across continents, & below oceans, to give India its first independent army. He said, "Give me blood and I will give you freedom." And an entire nation responded to take on the might of the British army. See more »


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The title description of Netaji, "The Forgotten Hero", was chosen by director Shyam Benegal because he felt that outside the state of Bengal, nobody knew who Bose really was and/or what he did for India's independence. 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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Superb write up and performance
23 April 2018 | by samyaksambuddhaSee all my reviews

This is a film based on the life of Subhash Chandra Bose who does not find much mention in the history books. This film is a wonderful presentation of events with the mature acting of actors like Sachin Khadekar, Sonu Sood. Wonderful dialogues and fine presentation of events. This was realistic in approach and modern in outlook. Great work.

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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Bose, le heros oublié See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


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INR210,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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