Subhash Chandra Bose, alive or dead? This question is the biggest mystery or probably a conspiracy theory of modern India. Even after more than 70 years, the death or maybe disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is fresh in the minds of every Indian. Whether Subhash Chandra Bose died in a plane crash on 18th August, 1945 or not? Well, many political parties and their leaders came over the years but nobody ever answered this question. Many theories after the crash came within hours and have been a part of Netaji’s folk lore.

Let’s dig a little bit into the history of Subhash Chandra Bose…

As we already know that Subhash Chandra Bose was dearly called as Netaji which meant a Respected Leader. On January 23, 1897 in Cuttack, Orissa a great leader was born to Janaki Nath Bose (Father, lawyer by profession) and Prabhavati Devi (mother). He was a brilliant student and was a follower and a patriotic student of Swami Vivekananda and his teachings. He even went to England to pursue Indian Civil Services competitive examination in 1919 but when he heard of the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre he was disturbed with the news and came back to India in 1921. After his return he came into Mahatma Gandhi’s influence and started working in the Indian National Congress. Because of his protesting nature towards wrong he went to jail several times for Civil Disobedience movement in 1930, the infamous Bengal Regulation where he was banned from India to Europe but for a true patriot it was hard to stay away so he again came back to India although he was again arrested and sent to jail for one year. When congress came into power in seven states during the general elections of 1937, Subhash Chandra Bose was released. During the times of World War II, Netaji was adamant to make India free of British Rule within 6 months but his rigid stand was opposed. Netaji formed the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) which mainly comprised the war prisoners. Netaji was working on aphorism, “An enemy’s enemy is a friend” where he solicited cooperation with German and Japan against the British colonization rule. But German Japan was defeated and that made INA to back off from the political front. On August 18, 1945 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was declared dead in a plane crash but his death was questioned as if it was an accident or a kill?

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If you’ve read this post till now, then go ahead and watch this amazing web series which is definitely going to give you a detailed representation of Subhash Chandra Bose.


The web series, Bose: Dead/Alive is premiered on AltBalaji. This is a period-drama and is also considered the only authentic biopic of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. There are many books on the life of Netaji but mostly are manipulated due to political pressures. But, the script of the period-drama series is based on a very popular and controversial book named ‘India’s biggest cover up’ by a very prolific writer Anuj Dhar. He spent more than 15 years of his life and even sacrificed a lot for the mystery behind Subhash Chandra Bose.  The shooting of this epic web series is done in many nations where Netaji actually went in his lifetime, such places are: Afghanistan, Germany, Japan, Russia and Austria. All the locations of the film and the pre-independence era is picturized so beautifully that it gives off the true vibe of the time period in which this web-series is set in.

Bose: Alive/Dead is directed by Pulkit, produced by the infamous Hansal Mehta and the concept of this period-drama is introduced by a very famous personality of the Indian Television screen, Ekta Kapoor. Whenever there is a creation of a biopic the viewers always have one doubt in their mind, “What if the facts and figures are manipulated?” This question was kept in the mind while creating this biopic of Netaji and also used a tagline to assure the audience of its authenticity- ‘Watch the story that wasn’t supposed to be told.’ This series consists of 9 episodes, with each episode having a run time of around 20 minutes. As you will go through the series you will be surprised to see the realistic and accurate presentation of true events.

Source: The Indian Express

The production value, editing, shades, costume, makeup and dialogue will give you a clear imagination of the life of Subhash Chandra Bose. The music of this series is given by A.R. Rehman and Javed Akhtar and will give you an energetic vibe. The character of Netaji is played by one of the most talented actors of the Indian Cinema, Rajkumar Rao. There is a very interesting fact about Rajkumar Rao’s dedication towards his work that he refused to wear a bald wig because it was not looking realistic instead, he shaved his hair to give a realistic look. Not just the main characters but also the supporting characters have done a commendable job. Stanley, the name of the character of a British officer who is observed to be scared of Netaji, is one of the most amazing characters of the series. This web series has a touch of comedy in it and one of its most entertaining characters, Darbari Lal will definitely crack you up.

The first dialogue of the series will give you the chills and definitely be enough to make you binge watch this series. In each of its episode two time periods are shown, first time period is after 1945 when Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was declared dead in a plane crash and simultaneously the second time period between 1918-1941 is shown in flash backs where Subhash Babu is seen as a student in his teenage years and later when he became a great leader. Bose: Alive/Dead is a much-deserved tribute to forgotten hero, Subhash Chandra Bose.


  • Rajkumar Rao as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
  • Naveen Kasturia as Darbari Lal
  • Edward Sonnenblick as Stanley Allen, IG Calcutta Police
  • Anna Ador as Emilie Schenk
  • Alexx O’Nell as David Anderson
  • Chinmoy Das as Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Subhas Chandra Bose
  • Nondini Chatterjee as Bhibhavati Devi
  • Abhijit Lahiri as Janakinath Bose, father of Subhas Chandra Bose
  • Praveena Deshpandey as Prabhavati Devi, mother of Subhas Chandra Bose



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