There’s something spectacular going on in the swamps, and Alec Holland is about to find out just how creepy it all is.
DC Universe has just dropped another new tease for Swamp Thing’s impending streaming debut, and it is an intense one. It’s full of dread, from all the darkly-lit shots of the swamp to Alec Holland himself (played by Andy Bean) reminding us that there’s something in the water that really doesn’t belong. And that’s before you get into the sentient plant zombie shenanigans!
Also, here’s the new poster of “Swamp Thing” premieres in 31st May
— Swamp Thing (@DCUSwampThing) May 18, 2019
Ramayana’s ‘Sugriva’ Said Goodbye To The World In Lockdown, Ram-Laxman Expressed Sorrow
While the entire country is currently under lock-down due to the Coronavirus epidemic, in the meantime, Ramayana, one of the historic daily shows of Indian television, has broken the TRP records. But the news on Thursday was very sad for the entire Star cast of Ramayana. Let me tell you, Shyam Sundar Ji, who plays Sugriva in the show, said goodbye to the world on this tour.
After this sad information, Arun Govil, who played the role of Ram, tweeted and wished for his soul peace. Arun Govil wrote, “Sad to hear about the death of Shyam Sundar ji. He played the role of Sugriva in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana. A wonderful person and a gentleman. May his soul rest in peace.”
At the same time, Sunil Lahiri, who played the role of Laxman in Ramayana, also tweeted and wished the peace of Shyam Sundar’s soul. Sunil shared a newspaper cutting, writing, “Our colleague who played the role of Bali and Sugriva in the Ramayana was saddened to hear of his sudden demise. May God give his family the strength to recover in times of grief and his soul Rest in peace. “
Quarantine During Coronavirus: Earlier Ramayana and Mahabharata, Now Shaktimaan to the rescue!
Bored? Of course, you are.
In these summer vacations’ resembling break, yet somehow even more boring, everything seems mundane and everyone feels exhausted. You might also have completed all kinds of series on Netflix and you can’t possibly watch fifty shades when in a lockdown with your family. Sifting through the channels on your TV, looking for something that interests you, and the parents, and the grandparents and the siblings, is a very difficult job but DD National is here to simplify the job for you.
It’s time to feel a little nostalgic and a lot childish, as our, all-time favorite, the experimental god for trollers, Shaktimaan is to be aired on DD national to free you of all your boredom this quarantine. Not just this, there are even talks about a sequel as the Famous superhero actor, Mukesh Khanna talked about how they have been working on its part 2 for the past three years, something that would be “contemporary yet rooted in our culture”.
For those of you oldies who consider Shaktimaan to be too juvenile (I am judging you), DD channels have re-aired the much-watched and loved Ramayana, Mahabharata, Byomkesh Bakshi and Circus to accompany you in this exile (Ramayana pun? Maybe).
Gear up for days full of fun but also of spiritual lectures from your grandma as families come together to watch DD channels (wow, it feels weird to even say it).
After all, a family that watches Shaktimaan together, stays together!
Everything you need to know about new Amazon Prime show ‘The Forgotten Army’ on Azad Hind Fauj
Sunny Kaushal puts his best foot forward. Rohit Chaudhary contributes a few of the livelier moments.
The human memory – and misery – have vital significance in war sagas. They certainly do in Kabir Khan’s digital debut, The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye, a five-part Amazon Prime original that puts Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose‘s Azad Hind Fauj and its soldiers under the spotlight. As the men and women of the Indian National Army (INA) fight to rewrite history and put an end to the horrors heaped upon an enslaved people, there is pain and pillage all around.
The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye, is based on the true story of Indian soldiers who marched towards the capital, with the war cry ‘Challo Dilli’, to free their country from the reign of the British. The Indian National Army (INA), which was forged out of British defeat in Singapore during WWII, was led by the charismatic Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and had the first-ever women infantry regiment anywhere in the world. While these soldiers (men and women) fought against all odds and against the British army to free India, their struggle and story somehow got lost and they became ‘the forgotten army’. With the love story between two soldiers – Sodhi and Maya at the heart of it, the series raises several questions about identity, independence and the idea of the motherland and the cost of freedom. Freedom, that we often take for granted but the freedom that costs countless lives and sacrifices. Fighting to keep freedom alive is often more difficult than fighting to gain freedom.
With broad Bollywood-style strokes, the script (by Kabir Khan, Heeraz Marfatia and Shubhra Swarup) gives full play to dramatic license and incorporates fuzzy romance in what is intended to be a historically accurate account of a chapter of India’s freedom struggle that has since been reduced to a footnote. The result is a significant dilution of the impact of a well-timed tribute to brave men and women who fought not for mere territory and control over minds but for an idea of a nation free in every sense of the word.
Notwithstanding its flaws and convenient generalizations, The Forgotten Army does a far better, and more honest, job of capturing history. It presents a sharp contrast to the shrill, jingoistic renditions of the past that contemporary Mumbai cinema foists upon us in a climate of bitterness and specious narratives. Kabir Khan colors The Forgotten Army just right. Its notions of nation and patriotism spring from a place of undiluted commitment to the idea of true freedom.
In The Forgotten Army, love for the homeland takes unequivocal precedence over narrow divisions of sectarian identity and gender as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose forges a fighting fit outfit made up primarily of British Indian Army soldiers captured by the Japanese after the Battle of Singapore as well as volunteers willing to lay down their lives in the struggle to free India from foreign yoke.
However, Khan, whose late 1990s documentary lies at the root of this long-in-gestation series, is unable to shrug off the Bollywood-induced tendency to let sweep and scale swamp out sharpness of detailing and layering. In the end, The Forgotten Army comes across as more a story of unrequited love than an account of a war that was destined to end in defeat and, as the series suggests, deliberate obliteration.
The Forgotten Army sees the INA’s forays through the recollections of a fictionalized officer, Surinder Sodhi, who was inactive combat in Singapore and Burma between 1942 and 1944. More than 50 years later, visiting his elder sister’s family in Singapore, he opens up to his grand-nephew Amar (Karanvir Malhotra), a journalism student who initially dismisses the old man as “a family weirdo.”
A large part of the story plays out in the first half of the 1940s, when the younger Sodhi (Sunny Kaushal), a man proud of his family’s service to the British Indian Army, is drawn into the INA fold after hearing a stirring Netaji speech which gives the men in the ranks – and, importantly, the women waiting in the wings – the defining marching slogan, “Chalo Dilli.”
The Forgotten Army is also set in 1996, the year the older Sodhi (M.K. Raina), who has been in his shell for decades to tide over the scars of battle, makes the trip to Singapore and then accompanies Amar to Myanmar, a nation in the throes of a pro-democracy uprising led by students and a military junta crackdown on protestors (sounds familiar?). Sodhi physically retraces the journey that he and his comrades – Arshad (Rohit Chaudhary), Rajan (R. Badree), Rasamma (TJ Bhanu) and, most significantly in the context of the narrative, Maya Srinivasan (Sharvari Wagh), a young photo-journalist-turned-soldier, undertook all those years ago.
Each episode begins with a brief voiceover by Shah Rukh Khan. The text of the introduction does not reveal anything that students of history do not already know, but it does spell out the enormity of the odds stacked against the INA and the bravery involved in plunging into the unknown without worrying about the consequences.
Filmed on location in Thailand and on sets erected in Mumbai, The Forgotten Army draws upon true stories and the documented experiences of real INA combatants and blends them with free-wheeling fictionalized elements. One example: a character is given the name Lakshmi (played by Shruti Seth, she is obviously modeled on Lakshmi Sahgal), while another is called Lata Swaminathan (Swaminathan was Lakshmi Sahgal’s pre-marriage family name).
The mini-series devotes a great deal of footage to the founding of the all-women Rani of Jhansi Regiment. “An army is no place for a girl,” Maya’s mother (Amala Akkineni) asserts when she suggests that she has made up her mind to join Netaji’s army.
A pointed conversation between Maya and Sodhi in a subsequent scene puts the birth of the Rani Jhansi Regiment in context. The latter suggests that army positions are for “warrior races”, not for those that are “effeminate”. Maya shoots back: Who decides what’s a warrior race and what isn’t? Differences are sunk in an instant and love blossoms between the two although Maya already has a suitor, Shridhar (Akhil Iyer), who, too, follows her into the INA, setting up the stage for a love triangle. Mercifully, the war zone menage a trois stays on the fringes of the tale.
A little later, Sodhi regurgitates Maya’s words as he addresses the women cadets in his capacity as a training officer. He tells farmhand Rasamma, a victim of a sexual assault by a British officer: “I promise you Rasamma, we will fight together till our last breath for India you dream of.” In a way, that fight is still on, which is why The Forgotten Army is relevant in the present even as it deals with the past.
One of the more interesting aspects of The Forgotten Army is its diverse cast of actors and extras. Sunny Kaushal puts his best foot forward. Rohit Chaudhary contributes a few of the livelier moments. Sharvari Wagh is clearly a talent worth keeping an eye on.
Veterans such as M.K. Raina (whose presence lends gravitas to the series), Nizhalgal Ravi (as Maya’s father) and Amala Akkineni rub shoulders with actors who are just starting out in their careers – Karanvir Malhotra, Paloma Monappa, and TJ Bhanu. And watch out for prolific actor-filmmaker Takeshi Kitano in the role of a Japanese general who leads his force to victory in Singapore.
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