Filmmaker Leena Yadav said her documentary-series House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths is the result of her “desperate” desire to unravel the mystery of the 2018 infamous case.
Yadav, known for films such as Parched, Rajma Chawal and Teen Patti, is the showrunner and co-director of the Diksha-series, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
The three-part series explores the mystery behind the 2018 Burari deaths, where 11 members of three generations of a family were found dead under strange circumstances at their home in Delhi.
“I think after the news came out in July 2018, everyone in India and in different parts of the world knew about this matter. I knew about it then. I think from the word Go, it caught my attention. Drew and I was desperate to know how, why and what actually happened there,” Yadav told PTI.
Despite following the intense media frenzy that surrounded the deaths, the filmmaker said he didn’t really get answers to many questions about the matter.
“I didn’t feel like I had the answers. I remember there was a huge media noise about this case for about a week or two, and then it disappeared. I had no idea what really happened.
“A lot of the journalists we spoke to don’t even know what really happened in this case. It was one of those things that really suddenly fell off the map.” “House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths” aims to take viewers through the various stages of the investigation of the case, which can lead to shocking and unexpected revelations.
Yadav believes that the show will have a lot of important information for the viewers.
“There are really a lot of things that need to be talked about, introspected and discussed in this matter. I don’t have a single takeaway, but it’s been an extremely emotional as well as a mind-boggling one for me to do so.” It’s been a journey. I hope the audience has as many takeaways as we had as a whole team.”
Contrary to his filmmaking experience, Yadav said that he had no control over the narrative while directing the docu-series and it made the whole process difficult.
“In fiction, you start with the script, but for a documentary, you have to completely lose control of the narrative. You really have to present yourself to let the subject reveal itself.
“At the end of it, it’s the people, the emotions, and the story that you’re trying to communicate. So despite being similar, the approach to making a feature and a documentary is totally different.” “House of Secrets: The Burari” is co-directed by Anubhav Chopra and features original score by AR Rahman.