Nov 192017

2017 has Rajkummar Rao’s name written all over it. One look at his work and you can’t help but admire his journey. As the year has come to an end, Rao has decided to end it by shaving his scalp and stepping into the shoes of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Playing Netaji ain’t an easy job, getting into the skin of the legend and doing justice to the role requires tons of hard work and transformation both mentally and physically. This incredible series has already begun making waves

Bose Dead/Alive (c) ALT Balaji

MensXP saw Bose directed by Pulkit just before it airs on the digital platform. The web-series traces the journey of Netaji from being an introverted 14-year-old to a 48-year-old brave nationalist. From bringing into light the story of India’s biggest cover-up to showing how it all began, we give you 5 reasons on why Bose is absolutely worth watching!

The Man, The Legend

Bose Dead/Alive (c) ALT Balaji

The story of Netaji has always been a jigsaw puzzle for many around. We have read the theories, the myths about him being dead or alive but how many of us actually have an idea of what happened? The series brings various chapters of Netaji’s into limelight. Following a non-linear format, this fast-paced thriller not even for a moment lets you lose your concentration. The introductory scene of Rajkummar set in the Presidency College where he beats up the British professor with his shoe is worth applauding. Netaji becoming the mayor of the city and marching the Raods with thousands of people, is yet another scene that makes you rave about the man. Or be it him forming his own army under the nose of the British, there is nothing you can’t love about the story.  From snappy cuts to amazing sequences, there is a lot in store for the viewers who would like to see Netaji’s story through a new lens.

For Talented Rajukummar Rao

Bose Dead/Alive (c) ALT Balaji

When it comes to Rao, there is literally nothing this man can’t do. He ain’t your conventional hero and that’s what makes him extraordinary. When any actor would have easily chosen to opt for a wig and prosthetic, Rao decided to transform himself and be Bose in every sense and manner. There is not a moment in the series when you feel he isn’t justifying Netaji. Some might contradict saying he doesn’t have that demure. But boy, he has got it all that it takes to play this role. As anticipated by the trailer itself, Rao creates that enigma and makes this conspiracy tale an interesting watch. And full points for getting that Bong style and accent in place!

The Bang On Narration And Music

The soundtrack designed by famous musicians Dr. G and Neil Adhikari are too good to not get noticed. Every moment in ‘Bose’ gives you a high just because of the music. The electro-rap pumps up the aura and makes you curious enough about the storyline. The beauty is that the music follows in synch with the narration.

Bose Dead/Alive(c) ALT Balaji

When most of the story is showcased from the protagonist’s point of view, Bose follows a different pattern. The real narrator of this story is Darbari Lal (Naveen Kasturia), who is a hawaldar (constable) for the British Raj and has been appointed to spy on Bose. The way he narrates Netaji’s story adds the zeal to it. The scenes between Naveen and Rao are something you just can’t miss because both are so natural. You love the fact that you ain’t seeing this story through Bose but Darbari, who gives you a glimpse of the revolution led by Netaji.

Quick And To The Point

Bose Dead/Alive (c) ALT Balaji

If you are expecting a detailed work on Netaji, then you might be disappointed. Keeping the digital scene in mind, the script is tight and brings the various aspect to you quickly. Yes, at times you might feel that some characters didn’t get time to grow, but that’s a beauty in itself. The way the story has been set and picturised covers up all these flaws and makes for an engrossing watch. You also have Patralekha Paul as a gentrified Bengali girl who perfectly fits the role. However, Anna Ador who plays Bose’s German wife Emilie comes out as the star.

The Mystery

Bose Dead/Alive (c) ALT Balaji

The series doesn’t directly blame or question anyone for the mystery that revolves around Netaji but very wisely makes its point. Playing it subtle and smart, the makers give you a glimpse of everything in these small episodes. From personal vendetta, political reasonings, conspiracy, to the mystery of Netaji’s death, a lot is there for you as a viewer to watch. In fact, there comes a point when Bose questions Congress’ intentions as well and you can sense something fishy from their end.

Bose Dead/Alive (c) ALT Balaji

It’s interesting to see how one man single handedly made the life of the British a living hell and no one could stop him. He was a revolution in himself and you can’t help but admire his strength and intelligence.

P.S. Don’t miss Nehru’s part, who saw Netaji as someone who cannot be tamed!

‘Bose Dead/Alive’ is set to air on ALT Balaji from 20th November.   




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Nov 092017

If you thought that Indian makers can’t come up with a good web series, then the second trailer of ‘Bose: Dead/Alive’ starring national award winner Rajkummar Rao will make you think again.

Directed by Pulkit, this web series is one of the most anticipated ones. Rajkummar Rao, who is known for his amazing portrayal of any character, is all set to stun with the legendary character of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose—the man who not just started a revolution, but also questioned the intentions of Congress during Independence fight when no one else could dare to.

The web-series will trace the journey of Netaji from being an introverted 14-year-old to a 48-year-old brave nationalist. From bringing in light the story of India’s biggest cover-up to showing how it all began for Bose, this series is all set to give us one hell of a ride.

The second trailer of the show was just released by the makers and Rajkummar Rao totally steals the show, making us very curious about his latest avatar. We can’t wait to discover the myths and theories surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Subhas Chandra Bose in 1945.

Image 3(c) ALT Balaji

The clip begins with Bose meeting Hitler, and you also hear Bose’s famous slogan, “Tum mujhe khoon do main tumhe azaadi dunga.” The fact that he actually had a German wife is also introduced in the trailer.

The period setting of the series gives it an extravagant factor. Rao with his expression and one-liners simply hogs the entire spotlight, giving us goosebumps with his performance. You just can’t take your eyes off him. You also get a glimpse of Patralekha, who looks stunning as ever.

Image 4(c) ALT Balaji

The fact that the trailer drops a hint about Netaji’s life proves that this series will reveal facts that none of us are aware of. From personal vendetta, political reasonings to the mystery of Netaji’s death, a lot will be out soon. Just can’t wait to watch this one.

Check out the second trailer here:


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Nov 032017

Rajkummar Rao is one of those few actors who can go to any length for an on screen role. Just to ace the look and the mannerisms of the character, he doesn’t mind travelling those extra miles and that’s what makes him an exceptional actor.

Here's Everything Rajkummar Rao Did To Look Exactly Like Nejaji In 'Bose: Dead/Alive'© ALT

Be it him as Newton Kumar in ‘Newton’ or Shahid Azmi in ‘Shahid’, he can knock you out with his great acting skills. And once again, he has done everything in his power to get that uncanny resemblance to Subhas Chandra Bose. Right from gaining those extra kilos to reading every literature available on Netaji, the man did everything that was required to get that perfect look.

Have you not seen the trailer of Bose yet? #bosedeadoralive #altbalaji

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 It wouldn’t be wrong to say that stepping into Netaji’s shoes and bringing that character to life on-screen for Rajkummar has been a tempestuous journey.

Here's Everything Rajkummar Rao Did To Look Exactly Like Nejaji In 'Bose: Dead/Alive'© ALT

Rao, who will next be seen in ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’, is also gearing up for his new digital show Bose- Dead/Alive by ALTBalaji. The show since its trailer launch has created a buzz in the industry and the actor has been receiving rave reviews for his look but have you wondered how did he manage to achieve that exact look?

Here's Everything Rajkummar Rao Did To Look Exactly Like Nejaji In 'Bose: Dead/Alive'© ALT

Well, for Rao, being Netaji required him to get trained both physically and mentally in order to get that authenticity. To understand the pulse of the character he was going to play, Rao did an interesting thing. He filled his make-up room’s mirror with various pictures of Bose. Before every shot, he used to observe those pictures. In fact, whenever he was on breaks, he made it a point to take a look at these photos. This process somewhere helped him to get an insight about Bose’s posture, mannerism, style, which eventually helped him play this important character with such ease.

@rajkummar_rao was so driven to perfect his character, he took up smoking for his role in #BoseDeadOrAlive #ALTBalajiOriginal @ektaravikapoor @hansalmehta @filmybastardpulkit . . . @patralekhaa @naveenkasturia @zacharycoffinpage

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There are very few actors in tinsel town who would go to such an extent just to play such characters, but Rao certainly does everything he should to do justice to his character. The series will set to start this month and will trace the journey of the Netaji who started a revolution in India. Get ready to witness this thriller show that might give us an insight into some unknown facts about him.   

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Aug 302017

'Was nervous about shooting with Rajkummar'Naveen Kasturia

He might have started out as an assistant director, but Naveen Kasturia knew that he belonged in front of the camera, not behind it.

His belief has been validated since — after winning acclaim for his acts in Sulemani Keeda (2014) and TVF Pitchers (2015), Kasturia has now been roped in to play Darbari Lal in the web series, Bose: Dead/Alive.

Kasturia tells mid-day, “The story is narrated from my point of view. I play a hawaldar who witnesses the revolution led by Subhash Chandra Bose.”

'Was nervous about shooting with Rajkummar'Naveen Kasturia’s look in Bose: Dead/Alive

Working with Rajkummar Rao, who plays the enigmatic leader, brought back memories for Kasturia — the latter was an assistant director on Rao’s ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ (2010). “I remember I’d go to the vanity van to call Raj for his shots,” he reminisces and goes on to add, “I was nervous about shooting with Raj. He gave me tips to get my character right, also teaching me how to smoke, for a scene.”

'Was nervous about shooting with Rajkummar'Rajkummar Rao as Bose

Besides Bose, the actor has also begun shooting for a new web series, Social, that stars Rana Daggubati. About his role, Kasturia says, “I play a doting brother who is in search of his missing sister. The kidnapping goes on to unravel many more mysteries.”

With two web series and a film with Naseeruddin Shah under his belt, he feels his career is finally shaping up the way he had envisioned. “After Pitchers, I felt I had arrived. But, I wasn’t offered anything for a year. Now, things are finally picking up. Acting has given me respect and exposure. It’s all I want to do.”

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