ALTBalaji, ZEE5 release courtroom drama ‘The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati’

MUMBAI: Video streaming platforms ALTBalaji and ZEE5 have launched their third original series courtroom drama ‘The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati’. Earlier, the duo had released ‘Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala’ and ‘Mission Over Mars: MOM’ as part of their strategic collaboration.

Directed by Shashant Shah, the 10-episode series is based on the real-life incident that marked a landmark judgment in the history of India. The star cast of the show comprises of Elli Avrram, Angad Bedi, Manav Kaul, Kubbra Sait, Makarand Deshpande, Sumeet Vyas, Soni Razdan, Saurabh Shukla, Swanand Kirikire, Viraf Ashish Patel in pivotal characters.

On 27th April 1959, a dashing Parsi Naval Officer pumped three bullets from his revolver into a rich Sindhi businessman and then went and confessed his brutal crime to the Police. The infamous story of K.M. Nanavati Vs. State of Maharashtra is still one of the most sensational criminal cases in India. Despite six decades, the story of the trial which revolved around infidelity, cold-blooded murder and patriotism still grabs people’s attention.

In no time, the case became a national phenomenon where every major legal and political figure of the time made an appearance. The rich and crème of the society were involved and the social frenzy was limitless. Amongst all this, the media played an extremely influential role. All these occurrents make the Nanavati Case truly an attention-grabbing and engaging story.

‘The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati’ is based on public records, newspaper articles of the time, interviews with people who have knowledge of the case and delves into the legal drama that unfolded. While the result of the trial is now a known fact, it is the unfolding of the case that remains a matter of interest to the nation. The web-series will see how it all came together with the defense and the prosecution trying their best to prove the other party culprit.

On the launch of the show, Balaji Telefilms Joint MD Ekta Kapoor said, “We have been working on The Verdict for over 3 years now and it has all been worth it. This is one of my most ambitious projects and this time the story unfolds with Sylvia’s feeling. Till 2018 India had one-sided adultery law that branded a woman as her husband’s property. Sylvia Nanavati lived in a time where love and morality didn’t go hand in hand! For the first time, the audience will witness India’s most controversial case from another point of view.”

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