The Azad Hind Fauj (INA) ‘s determination to liberate your country can stand in the way of the Prime Minister’s web series’ The Forgotten Army: For Independence’ filmed from the perspective of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Most Indians are ignorant of the story of the Azad Hind Fauj, written in the period of World War II. Filmmaker and director Kabir Khan has produced this web series, assuming his responsibility to take the story of the rise and death of this army to Indians.
The first episode of the series begins with the INA jawan who is now old and has come to Singapore almost 48 years after the independence of India. Singapore is considered the origin of INA because 90,000 soldiers of the Indian British Army, despite fighting bravely here, succumbed to only 30,000 Japanese soldiers due to the stupidity of the English government.
During the Second World War, the Japanese government considered the British as its enemies while the Indians were its friends. According to this web series of Kabir Khan, the Japanese government used to respect Mahatma Gandhi a lot because Gandhi was fighting against the British. Japanese soldiers assure Indian soldiers of the captive British Indian Army that they will help them in liberating India. INA soldiers join the Japanese army and fight against the British and are defeated. The INA is therefore not credited for India’s independence.
To watch this series one needs the same patience as any classic series. If the story is going on in two times, the scenes of Mama nephew’s conversation in the beginning seem a bit awkward. But the story still keeps you inspired for the next episode. Kabir Khan has filmed the series in his familiar style. Sunny Kaushal, Shervari, Rohit Chaudhary, TJ Bhanu etc. appeared on screen as a seasoned artist. The pace, scene and storyline of the series is effective in keeping the audience engaged.