Is new series Trial by Fire on Netflix based on a true story?

Trial By Fire. Cr: Akshay Pawar / Netflix
Trial By Fire. Cr: Akshay Pawar / Netflix /

Trial by Fire tells the devastating story of two parents who lost their two children after a tragic fire at a local theater in South Delhi. Since its release on Jan. 13, 2023, the Netflix series has gained a following. Is the production based on a true story?

The series stars Rajshri Deshpande and Abhay Deol as parents Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy. Rajesh Tailang, Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupam Kher, Ratna Pathak, Shilpa Shukla, and Shardul Bharadwaj round out the cast.

The show, initially filmed in Hindi but available with English dubbing, follows Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, the parents of the two children who died at the cinema in South Delhi. The series explores their challenges in finding justice, the aftermath of the fire, and the effect it had on the victims’ families, per the synopsis.

Unfortunately, there are times when the saddest of stories are based on real-life events. Is that the case with the Netflix Original?

Is Trial by Fire on Netflix based on a true story?

The seven-episode series is based on a true story. In June 1997, there was a fire at the Uphaar Cinema in South Delhi during the 3 p.m. screening of the movie Border. Fifty-nine people died, including Neelam and Shekhar’s two kids, and around 100 were injured. An investigation revealed the building had several fire code violations.

According to India Times, it took over 20 years for the parents and the rest of the families of the victims to get justice. Following a years-long legal battle, the real estate agents who owned the local theater were sentenced to seven years in prison in November 2021.

Trial By Fire is now streaming on Netflix. Add the series to your watchlist now.

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