Name: The Forgotten Army – Aazadi Ke Liye
Available on: Amazon Prime
Number of episodes: 5
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Sunny Kaushal
About the story: The Forgotten Army: Aazadi ke Liye is based on the true events of the Indian National Army aka Azaad Hind Fauj founded by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It is the story of Captain Surinder Sodhi, Maya and other Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for India. You will get to hear this historical patriotic story in two timelines. One from young Surinder Sodhi (Sunny Kaushal), who is an officer captured by the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore while fighting for the British Indian Army.
And, another narrator of this five-episode mini-series is old Sodhi (MK Raina), who is with his young grand-nephew Amar (Karanvir Malhotra), revisiting the journey of INA. Also, going down the memory lane remembering the love of his life, Maya (Sharvari Wagh). They showcased how Indian soldiers marched towards the capital in 1942-45, with the war cry ‘Challo Dilli’, to free their country from the reign of the British. Concluding, TFA is absolutely worth watching.
This Amazon Prime series has the power to keep you captured throughout. There will not be a single moment where you will feel that it is going slow. It will give you all the patriotic feel you need right before Republic Day. Just the perfect timing to spread this wonderful story of ‘The Forgotten Army’. The title of the show justifies itself as there are many who don’t know much about the Battle of Singapore and INA. The Indian soldiers just got a memorable and valuable tribute by Kabir Khan for all the hard work and sacrifices. Despite weak scripting, TFA was successful in winning my heart through the ensemble cast. Not to mention, Sunny Kaushal and Sharvari Wagh nailed it with their skill set.
Unforgettably, efforts were surely made in the war scenes along with a huge budget. With this deep history of INA, we also got to see Maya (photographer-chronicler-soldier) and Captain Sodhi’s love story which was a bit cliche but won many hearts too. Highlighting Subhash Chandra Bose’s teachings and importance, this series would have been a hit but the writing kept it pulled back.
However, I thought that this mini-series could have also been summed up in a movie very easily. It is pretty fast-paced and the story can conveniently be narrated in the form of a film. However, some war and battle scenes have epic cinematography and will give you goosebumps if you truly are into patriotism. There are moments that will just stay with you. Moreover, the title track ‘Aaazadi Ke Liye’ will keep playing in the background and you will surely love it.
What works: Acting
What doesn’t work: Scripting
Too much Bollywood style
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