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Amazon Prime Video teams up with Bollywood director Kabir Khan for 'The Forgotten Army' series

The Forgotten Army web series will be based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.

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In its ongoing attempt to counter Netflix, Amazon Prime Video has been constantly focusing on India-centric content. After a series of already existing Indian original content, Amazon has now placed its bets on a war epic series. In a partnership with Kabir Khan, who is a prominent director and produced of Indian cinema, Amazon has announced the making of a series based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.

Though the final title of the series hasn’t been decided yet, at the time of announcement the working title used for the series was ‘The Forgotten Army’. At the event today it was also revealed that this series will touch upon several stories of the time, including the contribution of women in the Indian National Army. Kabir Khan also said at the event that this series would tell a story that made him want to be a filmmaker.

“These are super exciting times for any content creator in India and I am elated to make my debut in the digital space with Amazon Prime Video’s India Original,” said Khan. “Amazon Prime Video provides greater access to reach new and 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. I am excited to make this truly international series which has a scale and reach far greater than any Hindi film.”

“We had made a commitment to our Indian customers to deliver high-quality, binge-worthy shows that they’ll love to watch, and our association with Kabir Khan greatly reinforces our commitment towards this promise,” said Roy Price, Head of Global Content, Prime Video. “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. We know our Prime members are going to love the epic war story being brought to life with Kabir Khan helming the project.”

Interestingly, these announcement comes just days after there were reports of Amazon and Netflix expanding its reach in India with a hefty investment of Rs 2,000 crore. While the report did not clarify how the money will be utilized to expand the services, it did hint the resources would be channelized towards original content. “On the originals front, we are focused on finding great Indian stories—not just for Indians, but for the world. Sacred Games is our first announced Indian original series, and partnering with a top studio like Phantom Films speaks of the kind of quality we are looking at,” Netflix was quoted as saying. ALSO READ: Flipkart gets $1.4 billion investment, but can it finally take on Amazon now?

  • Published Date: April 11, 2017 6:02 PM IST