In the investigative film produced by Iqbal Malhotra, Aim Television, a few eminent people talk about the rumours of Subhash Chandra Bose being alive after his death was officially announced in 1945
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | July 14, 2016
Discovery Channel will screen an investigative film â€˜Subhash Chandra Bose: The Mysteryâ€™ to track what happened to the great Indian freedom fighter. The one-hour exclusive film commissioned by Discovery Channel India and produced by Iqbal Malhotra, Aim Television will be aired on Monday, July 18, at 9 pm.
The mystery pertains to when an enterprising young NRI, Sidhartha Satbhai, who commissioned Neil Millar, a former veteran of the Royal Signals Regiment of the British Army, to conduct an image analysis on video and photographic material supplied to him by an internet group, Anonymous. The footage pertains to an individual referred to as â€˜The Tashkent Manâ€™, who was present during the Indo-Pak Tashkent Declaration of January 10, 1966. Through modern scientific and facial analysis, the investigation points to the possibility that the bespectacled man could be â€˜Netajiâ€™. The report also infers that if â€˜Netajiâ€™ was present in the Tashkent Declaration in 1966, he could not have died in the plane crash on August 18, 1945, as officially reported.
Through a series of interviews with experts, the film examines classified information about the mystery. Dr Purabi Roy, author and visiting professor at Moscow State University and Major General Alexandr Kolesnikov, Retired Major General of the Warsaw Pact, draw upon critical information from Russian archives regarding Boseâ€™s presence in post-World War II Russia.
The film reveals the story of Leon Prouchandy, a forgotten chapter in the history of the Indian National Army. His story told by his grandson Prashant More raises yet another question in the enduring mystery of Subhash Chandra Bose. According to author and historian Prashant More, the day Bose supposedly died in the plane crash in Taipei, he was at the Prouchandy Mansion in Saigon (present day Vietnam). He believes that Bose entrusted the INAâ€™s substantial finances to Leon Prouchandy, one of the key figures in Boseâ€™s operations in South East Asia.
Further in the film, Dr Prathama Banerjee, historian and associate professor at The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), sheds light on the rise of secret societies in pre-Independence India, their influence, the leftist leanings of Bose as President of the Indian National Congress and his association with members of the Communist party.
The film talks to Subhash Chandra Boseâ€™s associates and his family, including his grandnephews Ashish Ray and Abhijit Ray. Abhijit retraces Netajiâ€™s steps and narrates his meticulous and planned escape in 1941 from his ancestral house at Elgin Road, Calcutta to Berlin under a new Italian identity and further raising a Regiment in the German Army, the Wehrmacht.