The Forgotten Army’s Trailer Showcases The Brave Women Soldiers Who Earned Us Our Freedom And It’s So Relevant In These Times
Today, if I take a moment to look around, till as far as I can see, the only thing you’re likely to see would be the protesting and marching armies of woke citizens, gathering up their courage to fight for a cause they truly believe in. And while the government may call this act of public dissent horrible or silly or stupid, we think it might just be the opposite. With thousands of citizens stepping out on the streets, fighting back against the system, united on every front and not letting colour, caste, creed, religion, gender get the better of them, the country and its people could not have been more patriotic in their spirit. Because the last time we checked, patriotism was about being loyal towards the country and not the people ru(i)nning it.
A moment of truth for the country, that has presented itself before. It’s almost like deja vu but for a while country. When India was under the British Rule, the masses decided to stand united on every front to fight against their oppressors and gain freedom. On August 15th 1947, when India won its freedom. But the fight, the war, the outcry that led to it, had been going on for decades on repeat. And reminding us of that very freedom struggle is Kabir Khan’s digital debut and new Prime Video series – The Forgotten Army, that is to take us through the times of the Azad Hind Fauj that fought relentlessly and bravely during the years leading up to our freedom.
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Revolving around the time when Lt. Sodhi was leading the INA, and had formed troops of brave men and women to fight in the battle, the trailer for this show dropped recently, and for once we weren’t disappointed by the portrayal of women in the 2 minute and 50 seconds trailer. Showing spirited and brave women soldiers, seizing the moment to actively participate in fighting the British, it was a glorious time to be a woman in a small way.
The Indian National Army, formed in 1942 included an entire regiment that was dedicated to women soldiers, training hard to be part of the battles that were to follow. Inspired by the ever esteemed and brave Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi, the regiment was led by the very able Captain Lakshmi Swaminathan, better known as Lakshmi Sahgal. Training just as hard as their male counterparts, the female regiment and the women warriors were part of extensive combat training, nursing corps and when the time came, fought fearlessly alongside others and brought us closer to the freedom we now enjoy.
At that time, every voice, every person mattered. And so, when it comes to lauding and remembering the people who helped us gain independence, we can’t do it without also remembering these women who equally contributed into this freedom struggle. Hopefully, the show The Forgotten Army would remind us all of the kind of fighters us women have always been and shall continue to always be.