Bose: Dead/Alive (2017)
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2. Leader of the mass No shot was there where Netaji is shown addressing a huge crowd as a congress leader. Thus a fresher won't realize what a popular leader he was. 3. Cornered by the congress and British This part could have been a little elaborated.
That's enough criticism for such a MAMMOTH project. The people of India are grateful to you all.... for giving life to such a Great Person again . IT IS A REVOLUTION INDEED. The work you have done, I am in short of words to express my gratitude. Jai Hind.
Its like a movie.....one can watch the series at one go....as the episodes are of short duration.
Great acting....superb dialogues....Do Not Miss.
Wish it was made lengthy enough like big time series.
Don't get mislead by the negative reviews.
P.S. To all the critiques(Especially the one guy who talked about people who liked it being high), you are only supposed express your opinions about the show, not the viewers.No reason to judge people who like it. If your entire life is predicated on looking down upon others based on their choice of movies/TV series, maybe you need to grow up and comprehend the concept of 'Different taste-buds'. Also, you lead a sorry life!
Over all, this series, inspired me to start digging further on Bose and mysteries surrounding him, all over again. So, it manages to leave an impact.
This Alt Balaji's classic take on Netaji is great in attitude & adrenaline rush.. Although I don't like Indian web series because they treat their audience like fools.. But this Series delivers exactly what it depict..
Why to watch it.:--- 1. Short episodes approx 18 min each (excluding opening & closed credits) 2. Focus on Netaji's attitude & style without distraction.. 3. Series is too fast that you can't even blink.. its like short thrill ride with patriotic feelings... 4. Great performance by Rajkumar Rao & other actors (full of energy)
Don't Watch if:-- 1. You expect some history lesson. 2. You expect some detailed & traditional narration..
My recommendation is to enjoy this revolutionary pill which fills your heart with excitement & patriotism...
Raj Kumar acting is really good, in fact, all the actors did really well.
But how much factual and correctness is there, that can only be known with enough knowledge on this topic.
This series is based on Anuj Dhar's book which explores various conspiracy theories related to Netaji's disappearance in 1945.Even without the mystery surrounding his death and disappearance,Netaji's life exudes a certain kind of romance that perhaps only Bhagat Singh's can match.His escape from house arrest in early 40s is stuff of legends.He managed to overcome Gandhi and Nehru's opposition to win the elections for Congress Presidency in 1938 and 1939.His antics in college as a student leader,organizing 2000 khaki clad supporters on the streets of Calcutta in 1928,getting elected as Mayor of Calcutta ,attempt to sell Khadi to Price of Wales ,selection and resignation from ICS, his meeting with Hitler,his slogans and radio broadcasts,organization of INA ,the campaign in Andaman-Burma and NE,and his tribute to Gandhi addressing him as Father Of The Nation,are all glorious episodes of Indian history.
And this is exactly my problem with the we series.They have far too little screen time.A 21 minute episode has a minute and half of opening credits and then three and half minutes of some loud,screeching bangla rock song playing at closing credits.These feel quite anachronistic .The background score of the series is over the top and belongs in a Guy ritchie film.The total runtime of 144-150 minutes ,distributed over nine episodes is quite less to accommodate everything.Sure ,u have made a casting coup in that u have the best (most versatile) actor of the generation ,Rajkumar Rao playing Subhash.What joy is there in watching this actor at the height of his prowess.His mannerisms are perfect,his eyes convey so much.His body language is confidence personified,and RR is always in charge .Given the format /script of the show,the director has chosen to only show flashes of various incidents/events and historical moments.Its imperative then that he portrays Bose only as a hero,and not as a human.The net result is that Rajkumar doesn't get the opportunity to showcase Bose's vulnerabilities and possible insecurities.This is our Netaji as we see in posters adorned on walls,the commander-in-chief of Azad Hind Fauz,the hope of a nation. Naveen Kasturia has done some good work over the years for TVF and in Suleimani Keeda.He plays a fictional character of an Indian cop in the film,who has had close association with Netaji over the years.Although his voice-over of the series is not quite good,but he has given an honest performance as Darbara singh.Rest all characters,be it the English policemen,INA associates,Gandhi,Nehru,Bose's family members and Emily Shaenkel,have all been rendered caricatures .
A jarring note for me was how the dialogues between historical figures have been written.Jawahar might have addressed Bose as Subash,Bose or Mr Bose,but somehow I dunt buy the idea that Subhash (eight years younger) wud have addressed the former as Nehru (neither privately,nor in public).This is not how we address each other in India,not not,and certainly not then.Nehru and MKG have been spared the tags of villain,despite obvious temptations.
The series does suggest that Netaji might not have died in Formosa in 1945.He possibly didn't even board that flight.There were rumours regarding a lot of gold,and treachery by some of its associates.Maybe he was spotted in Manchuria,and went to Russia from there.The circumstances related to his death and the shabby investigation post-death don't quite add up.The truth will never be known.That is the worst part .Why could/do we not have some counterfactual history .Philip Roth wrote The Plot Against America in which he imagined a scenario in which Charles Lindberg ( a record breaking pilot and a Nazi sympathizer)becomes the US president in 1940,and a wave of anti-semitism grips America.What wud have happened had Bose,who collaborated with Nazis and the Axis powers ,survived the war .Would he have been tried at the famous Tokyo Trials ? Or with Dhillo,sehgal and shahnawaz at the Red Fort Trials ? Bose was a socialist(maybe even a communist) at heart.Would we have seen a USSR-like polit bureau system ? Would he just have collaborated with Nehru and ousted Patel and the conservative section from the Congress ?
I highly recommend this Web series.Hansal Mehta (producer) and RK Rao has given us Shahid,Aligarh and City Lights,and now I look forward to their next offering Omerta.If u cant afford to read the book,at least watch this.The script cud have been written better,run time could easily have been longer,characters cud have been rounder and music could have been less shrill.As for watching something that presents Bose,the man ,maybe we can wait a bit longer.I ,for one,am very interested in the Patel-Nehru-Gandhi-Bose interpersonal relationships.But not much has been written on it,certainly not as a complete work in itself.