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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.


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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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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) See more »

Also Known As:

Bose, le heros oubli√© 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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The film was released all over India, except for Madhya Pradesh, as the cinema distributors in that region, facing losses from previous historical films, held the film as too controversial and risky to be shown in their halls. Ironically, Bose was re-elected Congress president in 1939 in Tripuri, in the eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. See more »


Subhas Bose: Give me blood and I will give you freedom!
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Composed and Sung by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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The real Subhash 10/10. The movie subhash 5/10
5 March 2011 | by praneet_kakaniSee all my reviews

To start off with I am the most ardent supporter of subhash chandra bose. I feel that if he had not died he would have definitely been the first prime minister off India. This movie is no way even close to what Subhash ever was. He was the only person to beat Gandhi in an election!! He had a blazing fire within him and this sense of desire to lead the Indians to Independence that just can not be matched by any other Indian. The Subhash in this movie is always nicely smiling and has no charisma off his own, well we don't expect it to match SCB's actual charisma, but the whole calm appeal shown is exactly opposite to what Subhash actually was. Plus there is no detail shown of Subhash's intelligence, which is in abundance, like 4th in ICS, his diplomatic and persuasive abilities to get the Bose-Tojo pact. He was the ideal person to be but after seeing this movie you will wonder where this lump of a figure would ever do anything, yes that is how he is portrayed in the movie. The special effects are the worst ever seen in Indian or any other movie. The only reason I am giving the score 5 is because it does contain historical facts. It is the only movie to ever cover the great hero, which is a real pity for Indian cinema. If you want to watch the movie. Watch it for the facts, not for what Subhash actually was.

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