Kabir Khan Speaks About Patriotism and His New Show The Forgotten Army
Director Kabir Khan has helmed an original series for Amazon Prime Video based on Subhash Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj. Learn more below.
Kabir Khan — who has helmed popular Hindi films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ek Tha Tiger and Tubelight — recently spoke about his new show, The Forgotten Army, released on Amazon Prime Video on Sunday. The show is based on Subhash Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj. In an interview with Huffington Post India, Kabir Khan spoke about the new show in context of the current political climate in India. He said, “To show someone’s patriotism, you don’t need to show a counterpoint or the enemy to be particularly evil. You don’t. Forgotten Army doesn’t do that, it shows true beautiful patriots without demonising anybody because at the end of the day everybody is human, this side and that side.”
Saying he was “uncomfortable with certain narratives in history where there’s an attempt to dehumanise Muslims or Mughals”, Kabir emphasised on the importance of pushing the counter-narrative and fighting “the wrong information.” Adding that he is an optimist, Kabir said he “would always like to believe that the majority does not silently consent.” He said, “I don’t think any right-minded Indian can agree with goons with masks going into a premium university of our country and attacking and violently beating up students. No right-minded Indian will agree. I will be shocked if anyone can say that I am proud of this as an Indian.”
The director also spoke about his upcoming sports drama film ’83, based on India’s World Cup victory in 1983. In the film, Ranveer Singh is portraying veteran Indian cricketer Kapil Dev while Deepika Padukone is essaying the role of his wife Romi Bhatia. Speaking about this highly-anticipated movie, Kabir said, “’83 is a great story. I don’t know what happens at the box office and all but it’s an amazing story. It’s—as a filmmaker, despite it being a true story—it’s the best story that I’ve ever read in my entire life.” The film will hit the screens on 10th April 2020.