Behind Closed Doors: The Talwars (2019 - 2019)
On the morning of May 16, 2008, 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bed in Noida, India, a bustling city adjacent to New Delhi. As her parents grieved, their male live-in domestic servant, Hemraj Banjade, became the police's prime suspect. Initially, investigators believed that Hemraj had fled to his native Nepal, but when his body was found on the Talwars' rooftop terrace, the investigation turned to other immigrant domestic workers in the community, and eventually to the Talwars themselves. After more than a decade, multiple twists and turns and three investigations later, troubling questions remain about what happened the night Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj Banjade died. Featuring interviews with family and friends of the victims, as well as journalists, investigators and attorneys, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS reconstructs the case, from the discovery of the murders, to the initial missteps by local police, the hurried transfer of the case to India's Central Bureau of Investigation, the use of dubious interrogation techniques, the sensational criminal trial and the multiple legal appeals. The documentary explores how class divisions and cultural biases clouded the search for answers, which remain elusive today.