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Amazon India, film-maker Kabir Khan to create new Web series on Subhas Chandra Bose

Bindu D Menon Mumbai | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 11, 2017

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Amazon India and director-producer Kabir Khan have come together to create an Indian original Web series based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. The series titled The Forgotten Army is scheduled to start production by the end of 2017.

This will also mark Khan’s debut in OTT digital video service space. Kabir Khan has many super hit movies and documentaries such as Beyond the Himalayas, New York, Ek Tha Tiger, Phantom and many more to his credit. He is currently filming Tubelight, a movie-based on the Indo-Chinese war, starring Salman Khan and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu.

The Forgotten Army (working title) is a war epic, an Indian Band of Brothers of sorts, which will touch upon several stories, including the contribution of women in the Indian National Army. Based on true events, this series is the true story of the men and women who fought a heroic war 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 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

“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,” said Roy Price, Head of Global Content, Prime Video.

Kabir Khan said, “Amazon Prime Video provides greater access to reach vast Indian audiences. They are also bringing in global talent and knowledge to collaborate with Indian scriptwriters and content creators to further hone their skills and know-how. The Web series has a scale and reach far greater than any Hindi film.”

Amazon Prime Video began operations in India in December last year. Until now, it has inked content deals with over 15 production houses and content creators such as Paramount, Only Much Louder, Dharma production and Yash Raj Films.

The company is reported to have committed an estimated ₹500 crore to create original content for the domestic market. In India, it competes with Netflix and Star India-owned Hotstar.

Published on April 11, 2017
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