Posted: January 23, 2016 in Bangla 1960-70, Bengali films

Today I was watching the Bengali film SUBHASH CHANDRA based on the life of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It is his 120th Birth anniversary. The film mostly concentrated on the early life of Subhash Bose and the inspiration that motivated him towards the freedom cause till his arrest in Kolkata. His escape to foreign shores that became the subject of the Shyam Benegal film BOSE: FORGOTTEN HERO have been not touched upon.

During his childhood, on being asked about his choice of subject that he would like to pursue as a career, Netaji said that he wanted to study HISTORY just because he wanted to know more about his country. Even during his years of schooling, he was greatly influenced by revolutionaries like Khudiram, Kanhaiyalal, Satyen, Mohanlal, Prafulla Chaki and others. Once he fasted on 11th August in school hostel along with other boys – to pay obeisance to the marytrdom of Khudiram Bose who was hanged a couple of years back. The school teacher Beni Madhab also influenced him greatly but he was transferred to a different school in Krishnanagar by the British Govt. Subhash sang patrotic songs like Tagore’s Ottho bharat o lakki …and others while at school and was also significantly influenced by Swami Vivekanada and his preachings (Freedom is the song of my soul). He also went to historically important places like Murshidabad and Plassey to instill the revolutionary fervour in him.

Unable to plunge fully into the freedom struggle and influenced by Vivekanda, there was a point when he went directionless. For sometime he moved around like a monk in the Himalayas to seek spiritual guidance towards understanding self and the country. He got disillusioned after discovering the casteism (Brahmin/Non-Brahmin) and sectarianism that existed even among sadhus and returned to his family.

He joined Presidency college but gets ousted for heckling a foul mouthed British Professor. Thereafter, he meets Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee who gets him admitted in Scottish Church college. He comes under the influence of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das and gets arrested for revolutionary activities. “Sara Bharat borsho e Jailkhana” (Whole of India is a prison) Subhas tells his Mother when he was arrested and sent to jail.

I could not recognize any of the actors who played the pivotal characters except N.Vishwanathan as a teacher who motivates the young Subhash. However all of them act competently and contribute towards making the biographical film a worthwhile viewing experience.

Rating: 3.7 out of 5


  1. john hutnyk says:

    When was this one made?

    And thanks for your commentaries.

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