Utpal Borpujari and Subimal Bhattacharjee were felicitated at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2016 for his much-acclaimed documentary Memories of a Forgotten War. The film is produced by Subimal Bhattacharjee, an independent defence and cyber security analyst based out of New Delhi and directed by Utpal Borpujari, national award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker. The film was selected in the non-feature films for Indian Panorama at the film festival.
World War II comprehensively changed the geopolitics of the world. Manipur and Nagaland in the Northeast were important frontiers of the World War II in what was more popularly known as the Burma Front. It was in the rough terrain with dense forests in Manipur and Nagaland that the Allied Army and its Japanese counterpart fought the decisive battles that stopped the Japanese advance into India.
This feature-length documentary film seeks to tell the story of valour of those young soldiers and local people who participated or witnessed those battles, thus seeking to bring forth the stories of Manipur and Nagaland’s role in the World War II to the mainstream.