Amazon India and Kabir Khan have announced a new original web series “The Forgotten Army”, to be based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. It will be directed by Kabir Khan, who has previously directed Bollywood feature films like ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’. The series, which will mark the debut of the director on a digital OTT content platform, is set to begin production by the end of 2017 and will be exclusive to the Prime Video platform.
The series is being envisioned as a collection of several war stories, highlighting war efforts that have not received their due over the years. One such story will encompass the contribution of women in the INA.
“We had made a commitment to our Indian customers to deliver high-quality, binge-worthy shows that they’ll love to watch, and our association with Kabir Khan greatly reinforces our commitment towards this promise. Our aim is to build a compelling line up of Indian shows, working with the greatest talents from the industry. Our association with Kabir Khan is one of the many such partnerships that India will see. We know our Prime members are going to love the epic war story being brought to life with Kabir Khan helming the project.”
Roy Price, Head of Global Content, Prime Video.
The Indian National Army
The series will tell the story of the Indian National Army, a.k.a the Azad Hind Fauj, which was an armed force formed by Indian nationalists during the Indian independence struggle around World War II. Subhas Chandra Bose played a key role in its formation and the further efforts that boosted the fight for freedom to new heights, efforts that were eventually overshadowed by the huge success of the non-violent movement by Mahatma Gandhi.
Interestingly, we also got a chance to screen the first two episodes of brand new Amazon Prime series American Playboy one day before its actual launch on Prime Video. In context, this announcement of a series that won’t even begin production for at least 4-5 months seems a bit too early, to be honest. While further updates look unlikely right now, do stay tuned to this space for more.