Web Series: Bose: Dead/Alive

22 . Nov . 2017
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ALTBalaji is mostly known for its steamy and romantic content. After the Diwali release Ragini MMS Returns, the OTT platform’s newest release Bose: Dead/Alive is now streaming. Based on The Biggest Cover-Up by Anuj Dhar, this nine-part web series is a gripping story.

Covering the life and ‘controversial’ death of Subhash Chandra Bose, this web series is high on drama and music that will charge you with patriotism. Narrated by Naveen Kasturia – who essays the character of Darbari Lal, the series begins with the news of the famous leader’s death played by Rajkummar Rao. Through carefully chosen instances from the Indian National Army’s leader childhood, the series is successful in portraying his ideologies on being independent even as a young adult.

Instead of following a typical narrative, the series dons a back-and-forth narrative – linking Bose’s strategies in 1945 (the present) with his similar tactics in the past. A Bose-obsessed British Officer is played by Edward Sonnenblick, who gives you an idea of how troublesome the leader was for the British officers in India. Whether that’s true or not, no one can confirm; but as a cinematic liberty (maybe entertainment liberty is a better term here) it is commendable.

Bose’s romantic liaison with German national Emilie Schenkl, played by Anna Dor, is kept to the minimum. What is covered extensively, and rightfully so, is Bose’s intelligence and tactics to win India’s independence. The ‘supposed’ cover-up for Bose’s existence after the crash is mind-boggling.

But did the INA leader indeed survive the crash, or is it just a made-up story by the leader’s ardent followers, you will have to stream the series to find that out.

What’s WOW? The series is very engaging and you may feel that the episode durations could have been longer than 20 minutes. Apart from that the music also deserves applause; it actually transports you to the pre-independence era.

Rajkummar Rao is definitely carrying the series on his shoulder, Apart from him it is Naveen, whom you will long to see on the screen.

What’s Blah? Patralekha is a wasted talent in the series, you expect her to being more instrumental in the story. She is a strong actor, but with a screen presence that lasts approximately 5 minutes it seems that her role got shortened at the editing table.

Apart from that, there is not much to complain about in this ALTBalaji offering.

Parting Shot: Bose: Dead/Alive is a must-watch for anyone who loves good content. The story may not be new, apart from the ‘Bose being alive’ part, despite that the series doesn’t bore you even for a minute. Keeping in mind that it is an adaptation of a book, will also help you understand and enjoy the series.

Creative Producer: Hansal Mehta

Director: Pulkit


Rajkummar Rao as Subhash Chandra Bose

Naveen Kasturia as Darbari Lal

Bose: Dead/Alive is now streaming on ALTBalaji

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