Watch The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye Web Series Season 1 which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 24 January 2020. The Forgotten Army Web series is directed by Kabir Khan, the series is based on true events about the men and women in the Indian National Army led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. (Damaged 2)
The Forgotten Army is the dynamic story of Lt. Sodhi and his daredevil band of men and women who fought a heroic battle for the independence of India as part of the Indian National Army which was forged out of British defeat in Singapore during WWII and led by the charismatic, indomitable Indian leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
The Forgotten Army Episode 1 (Shonan): An introverted old man (Old Sodhi) has come to visit his sister (Urmila) and her family, Subhash (Urmila’s son) and Amar (Subhash’s son) in Singapore. In an intervention by his older sister, Old Sodhi is catapulted into his past, the war of ’42, the past he was running away from. He narrates the controversial outcome of the Battle of Singapore and the fate of the soldiers of the British Indian Army.
The Forgotten Army Episode 2 (POW): After surrendering, the fate of the soldiers depended on the mercy of the Japanese Army. The Indian soldiers transformed when Netaji gave the call to form the Indian National Army. Maya, an aspiring photographer, is driven to join this freedom army. Sodhi and Arshad realize that India is their motherland and that they have to fight to free her from British raj.
The Forgotten Army Episode 3 (Chalo Dilli): Maya and Rasammah enroll in the women’s regiment. Rajan and many other civilians also enroll in the INA. Rigorous training sessions begin for all the recruits. In 1996, Amar reaches Burma with Old Sodhi and they meet Rani (Amar’s Burmese friend). Circumstances lead to Old Sodhi shooting a Burmese soldier which paves way for a chain reaction of dangerous events.
The Forgotten Army Episode 4 (Harakiri): Maya and Sodhi along with the INA soldiers do not give hope even after their trains are bombed by planes. Old Sodhi finds himself in Rangoon that leads to an array of past events – the struggles of the Indian soldiers and the rains that destroyed everything. Under such a situation, the Japanese were ordered to retreat.
The Forgotten Army Episode 5 (Maya): There is an attack on the advanced base camp by the British Air Force but that doesn’t deter the soldiers from marching ahead to stop the British from advancing. Sodhi orders all the wounded to retreat along with the Rani Jhansi Regiment. Old Sodhi injures his leg in the jungle and is unable to walk any further. Amar leaves with Rani to get help but is stopped on the tracks by a loud blast.
The Forgotten Army Verdict: Whatever degree of compassion evokes isn’t enough to offset the sheer hatred a few of us may feel at this attempt to make a commercial feed out of a military group within recent memory. As there is no character advancement, it is hard to think about anyone in the story.