Interview with Filmmaker Iqbal Chand Malhotra (LIFE AFTER DEATH? – SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE)

Directed by Iqbal Chand Malhotra
The most intriguing enigma of modern India is the disappearance of her most dynamic and daring freedom fighter, ‘Netaji’ Subhash Chandra Bose, in the middle of August, 1945. Though the goal of a free India was achieved in 1947, there was no trace of the man who had wanted this most passionately through armed struggle; inspired millions to contribute to his war effort and enthused thousands to join his Indian National Army, to fight alongside the Japanese against the British-Indian Forces in South and South-East Asia. Even 77 years later, the mystery stands unresolved with important documents in Russia, France, the UK, and even in India, hidden in top-secret classified archives. The conflicting stories and accounts of this disappearance remain and so do the myriad theories that point to diverse directions.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

This subject of the disappearance of Mr. Bose during WW2 fascinated me as I had made two earlier films on this subject in 2016 for Discovery Channel and in 2017 for History TV18 channel and despite these two films a lot of questions about this story remained unresolved. This film is intended to put them into perspective.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

As I said, over the last 6 years I have made 3 films on the subject. This particular film took me 3 months.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Hard hitting

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Paucity of funds

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?


Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

In 1993

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Gone With the Wind

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I have been very satisfied so far.

9. You submitted to the festival via Film Freeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?


10. What is your favourite meal?

Fried eggs on toast with streaky bacon

11. What is next for you? A new film?

Working on it!


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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