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Bose: Dead/Alive : Web Series Review


Cast: Rajkumar Rao, Naveen Kasturia, Patralekha, Anna Ador, Alex O’ Nell, Zachary Coffin
Director: Pulkit
Language: Hindi, English
Genre: Biographical Drama
Channel: AltBalaji
Release Date: 20 November 2017

Synopsis: Bose: Dead/Alive chronicles Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s life and takes on the ambitious task of demystifying the circumstances surrounding his death. Was he even in that plane that crashed in Formosa in 1945? Or did he miraculously escape? These are the questions that form the premise of the series


  • The web series does not present itself as a boring history lesson but tries to make it an engaging tale.
  • Rajkumar Rao’s look has been meticulously designed and the actor impresses with his portrayal of the domineering and celebrated leader
  • The direction, acting, cast, and editing is ideally done to suit the intention for the series – To make the uninitiated be introduced to the greatness of Bose during his lifetime and unravel the mystery behind his sudden disappearance
  • The scenes where DarbariLal (Naveen Kasturia), shares screen space with Bose are worth a mention. This is when the character quirks become apparent; there are wry, satirical humor and clever banter.
  • The dialogues are dramatic and give you goosebumps, also effortlessly and convincingly delivered by Rajkumar Rao


  • The British officers seem like caricatures and the other supporting characters don’t hold one’s attention.
  • In terms of story, there is hardly anything that isn’t out there about Bose
  • It is only because of Rao’s performance that you are hooked on the show. The character of Bose isn’t brilliantly written
  • The narrative could have been richer if it would have played out like a languorous, page-turner mystery instead of a fast-paced tale trying to cover as much ground as possible in the runtime of about 20 minutes
  • The shoe-string budget is apparent in certain scenes and the production is not up to the mark. In parts, the era is not convincing as the second decade of the twentieth century.
  • The over-enthusiastic rock background music, with its sudden, tacky use, distracts and spoils the setting with a weird mix of Hindi, English, and Bengali.


The makers have to be patted for giving us a good show & extracting fine performances. Playing it subtle and smart, the series gives you a glimpse of everything in these small episodes, albeit leaving a lot unsaid. Yet there is a lot for you as a viewer to watch and this series surely is a one-time watch.


  • Bose: Dead/Alive is based on Indian author and former journalist, Anuj Dhar’s book, ‘India’s Biggest Cover-up’
  • Rajkumar Rao who has taken up the role of Subhash Chandra Bose in this web series, refused to wear a bald wig because it looked unreal and instead had his head shaven, out of professionalism.


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