‘The Indrani Mukerjea Story: Buried Truth’ docu-series review: Nothing much is uncovered in this rehashed tale

Mar2,2024


A scene from 'The Indrani Mukherjee Story: Buried Truth'

A scene from 'The Indrani Mukherjee Story: Buried Truth'

About a decade ago, Indrani Mukherjee came into limelight when she was accused of murdering her own daughter Sheena Bora. The brutal murder of a young girl, and the possible involvement of wealthy people, did not dominate the general gossip at the time. It was the complex and unique dynamics of the Mukherjee-Bora family, which were hidden to benefit a select few, that earned it a place in the primetime debate. Netflix's latest docu-series, Indrani Mukherjee's story: the hidden truthDisappointingly not too far from what we've already seen and how we've seen it.

With the novelty factor of hearing the story from the alleged horse's mouth, the docu-series attempts to uncover the “buried truth”, but seemingly falls victim to PR tactics, lies, statements approved by the legal team . The end result is as enjoyable as watching a compilation of decade-old news reels in a slightly smaller volume.

The docu-series reopens the case using the phone call recordings of a frantic Rahul Mukherjee, Sheena's fiance at the time and Peter Mukherjee's son, trying to trace where she is in 2012. These calls continue to reappear throughout episode four, increasing the urgency. As Rahul is given some version of the same story again and again by Peter. As the sequence of events unfolds as narrated by journalists and some lawyers, the audience is treated no differently. While they provide an observer's perspective, Indrani's other daughter Vidhi Mukherjee and Sheena's brother Mikhail, give a more personal account of the family history. A dramatic development at the end of the first episode finally reveals that Indrani herself will be a part of the docu-series.

Indrani Mukherjee's Story: The Buried Truth (English, Hindi)

director:Uraaz Bahl, Shana Levy

episode:4

Order: 45 – 50 minutes

Story: The 2015 Sheena Bora murder case is revisited from the perspective of Indrani Mukherjee and those close to her

Currently out on bail, Indrani has used the freedom granted by the court to boost her image, which she says was tarnished by the media in 2015. First a ubiquitous book that was promoted at book fairs across the country, and now a docu-series, are not-so-subtle indicators of what the former media executive is trying to achieve – to take back the narrative. As far as the docu-series is concerned, it does not go beyond giving Indrani space to tell her version of events.

Reiterating details already dissected by news channels in 2015, most participants in the documentary agree that when viewed holistically, the case presents itself as a strong TRP magnet. The dramatic entertainment takes us into different living rooms across the country, as families prepare to embrace conspiracy theories. The docu-series seems to intend to take it up a notch as it claims to provide uninterrupted access to what Indrani has to say.

As an exclusive conversation with Indrani, the show holds up, but when you check it against any principles or characteristics of documentary filmmaking (especially a subject like this), it fails. “I think what was really interesting was that people didn't really know much about me,” Indrani says at the beginning of the show. This also forms the philosophy with which she works. appears, reveling in crafting her image through this documentary lens. As the audience engages in different versions of the story, it becomes clear that the filmmaking lacks a strong independent or objective point of view. Narratively, the results are pretty timid.

At one point Vidhi says that whoever is interested in this case should keep Sheena at the forefront. “This whole thing is about Sheena. One person died in all this.” Sheena's story – then by the media, and now – has been turned into a means to an end. When focusing solely on Indrani (as its title suggests), the docu-series ends up being a weak and outdated echo of what happened in 2015.

The Indrani Mukherjee Story: Buried Truth is available to stream on Netflix

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