Indian TV series filmed in Malopolska

19 September 2017

A TV series about an Indian freedom fighter and a national hero was filmed in Malopolska. The shooting was organized by Film Polska Productions.

Production "Bose. Dead / Alive" focuses on the life of Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian freedom fighter from the first half of the 20th century and one of the leaders of the independence movement, who unlike Mahatma Gandhi was a proponent of an armed rebellion. Bose died in an airplane accident in 1945 in Japan, but the circumstances of his death have continued to arouse controversy.

The producer of the TV series is ALT Balaji, a SVOD platform specializing in creating and distributing content for Indian audiences anywhere in the world. The director of the TV series is Pulkit, and the creative producer is Hansal Mehta, a director and scriptwriter well-known in India. Bose is portrayed by Rajkummar Rao ("Omerta," "Shahid," "City Lights"), a recipient of the Indian National Film Award known from striking physical transformations which he undergoes in preparation for his roles.

The crew spent seven filming days in Poland in historic locations in Krakow, Tarnow, Brzesko and in the Rolling Stock Open-Air Museum in Chabowka. In Malopolska, the crew recreated the European episode of Bose’s life, when in the 1930s he went to Europe in search of potential allies. The Polish locations stood in for Germany, Austria and Manchuria. The Polish line producer was Krzysztof Sołek from Film Polska Productions, a company that has collaborated with Indian partners on numerous productions among others features: "Kick," "Shaandaar" and "Fitoor". The Polish crew working on the set included more than 50 people who were accompanied by over 200 extras, a historical reenactment group and over a dozen walk-ons.

‘We are very happy that we had the opportunity to work on the first original series of AltBalaji. The figure of Subhas Bose is very controversial, but that makes him all the more interesting. He was played by one of the best young Indian actors, Rajkummar Rao, who simply transformed into Bose. Witnessing this transformation was an amazing experience,’ says Krzysztof Sołek from Film Polska Productions. He adds, ‘Despite very logistically demanding historical scenes, everything turned out really well thanks to the great Indian crew and close and fruitful cooperation with the Polish crew. Apart from work, we established friendships that will continue after the production will be completed.’

The premiere is planned for the end of October on the ALT Balaji platform.

Watch the trailer to "Bose. Dead / Alive":