Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero

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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero
Directed by Shyam Benegal
Produced by Raj Pius
Barbara von Wrangell
Written by Atul Tiwari
Shama Zaidi
Starring Sachin Khedekar
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Rajit Kapur
Divya Dutta
Arif Zakaria
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
V. Manikandan
Edited by Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Sahara India Media Communication Ltd.
Release dates
Running time 222 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 30 crores
Box office Indian Rupee symbol.svg 24 crores

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (also known as Bose: The Forgotten Hero) is a 2004 film directed by Shyam Benegal and starring Sachin Khedekar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rajit Kapur, Arif Zakaria, and Divya Dutta. The movie depicts the life of the Indian independence leader "Netaji" Subhas Chandra Bose. It starts Bose with resigning the president post of Indian National Congress (INC), moves to the meeting with Italians after crossing Afghanistan's rugged terrain and entering Europe, shows him romancing his Austrian secretary and his appointment with Adolf Hitler in Berlin, then his inspiring of the Indian POWs of the 'Punjab Regiment' (British Army) for fighting the British forces in India, through his patriotic speeches. Then it shows his journey to Japan, battles in Burma and India. Film ends with the trial of INA war heroes at Red Fort, and freedom of India.

The music is by A. R. Rahman. The music for the songs "Aazadi" and "Ekla Chalo" were particularly popular. A song "Zikr" is composed in the style of Islamic prayer chants Sufi style.



Bose: The Forgotten Hero, which offered a controversial view of the life of Bose, sparked protest in India. Director Benegal was forced to cancel the film's premiere in Calcutta. The film was fiercely opposed by the Forward Bloc party. The party was angry at the film's suggestion that Bose secretly married an Austrian woman, Emily Schenkl, in 1937, and that he died in a plane crash in Taiwan rather than fleeing to Russia in 1945 as some historians believe.[1]

BBC gave 3 stars out of 5 for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero. Critic Jaspreet Pandohar called the film "an informative and fascinating lesson worth sitting through" and "an absorbing drama". "Benegal is best known for his intimate portraits of Indian women, so it comes as some surprise that his latest film is a biopic of one of India's most famous male icons, Subhas Chandra Bose. Benegal ensures Bose's amazing but complex life story is peppered with just the right amount of detail so as to be easily understood. But what stops this film from becoming a [box-office] hit is its marathon length. At nearly three and a half hours, Sachin Khedekar's gallant performance isn't enough to make this a rousing affair," Pandohar wrote in his analysis.[2]

Sachin Khedekar's portrayal of Bose was praised by critics including Ziya us-Salam of The Hindu newspaper. "Khedekar may not win too many international awards for portraying Bose but accolades in India should come in thick and fast," she wrote in her review of the film. "Benegal may not have put together an epic to challenge the lasting greatness of "Gandhi," Richard Attenborough's tribute to our father of the nation. But nor has he had the advantage of such resources. Where Benegal deserves credit is not in the canvas of his work but the intellectual honesty he has brought to the film. He refrains from either diluting or distorting history to serve his ends." Salam also noted the limitations of a director working under a relatively small budget for a historical film.[3]


Bose: The Forgotten Hero:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 2004
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
A.M. Studios
Genre Soundtrack
Length 1:03:23
Label Times Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kisna: The Warrior Poet
Bose: The Forgotten Hero
Mangal Pandey - The Rising
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 10/10 stars link

The music score that accompanies the film was composed by A. R. Rahman. The soundtrack features 19 pieces composed by Rahman, including 13 instrumentals and orchestral themes, in addition to 6 further songs, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Performers include the Western Choir Chennai and the Mumbai Film Choir.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Aazadi" (4:55) – A.R. Rahman, Western Choir Chorus
  2. "Kadam Kadam" (2:48) – Vijay Prakash
  3. "Ekla Cholo" (6:05) – Nachiketa Chakraborty, Sonu Nigam
  4. "Hum Dilli Dilli Jayenge" (2:49) – Mumbai Film Choir
  5. "Desh Ki Mitti" (5:34) – Anuradha Sriram, Sonu Nigam
  6. "Zikr" (4:44) – A R Rahman, Rafi, Rakeeb, Shaukat Ali
  7. "Ghoomparani" (4:25) – Sapna Mukherjee, Satyanarayan Mishra
  8. "Durga Pooja - Rhythm" (3:22) – Instrumental
  9. "Netaji – Theme 1" (1:22) – Instrumental
  10. "Afghanistan – Theme 1" (4:14) – Instrumental
  11. "Hitler Theme" (2:10) – Instrumental
  12. "Emilie Theme 1" (1:57) – Instrumental
  13. "Afghanistan – Theme 2" (1:19) – Instrumental
  14. "War Themes" (4:33) – Instrumental
  15. "Emilie Theme 2" (2:32) – Instrumental
  16. "Kadam Kadam Barhayae Ja – Orchestral version" (0:52) – Instrumental
  17. "Desh Ki Mitti – Orchestral version" (2:48) – Instrumental
  18. "U Boat Theme (Underwater battle)" (2:11) – Instrumental
  19. "Netaji – Theme 2" (4:44) – Instrumental


National Film Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [Biopic of Indian revolutionary sparks protest] Monday 9 May 2005 12.08 BST
  2. ^ Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005) Reviewed by Jaspreet Pandohar 16 May 2005
  3. ^ [Celluloid tribute to a national hero] Friday, May 20, 2005

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