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I would like to do more crime stories in India: BAFTA-winning filmmaker Sarah Macdonald


Macdonald has previously backed The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors — which is Star World's first venture into investigative crime documentaries.

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Sarah Macdonald has told stories of child abuse in North Korea and Burma through her films, and also delved into the Aarushi Talwar murder case for a four-part crime documentary series. The BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker feels India is a treasure trove for stories that "resonate globally".

She is keen to explore more crime stories in the country.

"I would like to do more crime stories in India. With such a rich culture, a police and legal system that I can comprehend and a melting pot of classes, cases and corruption, India offers incredible stories that resonate globally," Macdonald told IANS over an email from London.

Macdonald backed The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors — which is Star World's first venture into investigative crime documentaries. The series, which unfolds the file of the 2008 case, is available on Star World and on online streaming app Hotstar.

The Aarushi Talwar murder case created ripples not only with the seriousness of the crime, but also its twists and turns. Aarushi's dentist parents — Rajesh and Nupur Talwar — were accused for killing their own daughter and domestic help Hemraj. They were acquitted by the Allahabad high court on 12 October, and they walked free from Dasna prison on 16 October, four years after conviction.

On the four-part original series, produced in association with HBO Asia, Macdonald said: "I hadn't heard of the Talwar case until I came across a story on the internet. After probing a bit more, and then contacting Avirook Sen, the author of the book Aarushi, I realized that this very tragic story was both gripping, ongoing and carried themes that would resonate with viewers across the globe."

She believes it is a "very strong series that delves into the very heart of this tragedy."