‘Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer’ Review: Crime means crime has always attracted the common man. Many films, web series and documentaries can be seen on the subject of crime on Netflix. When 11 people from the same family of Burari committed mass suicide, Netflix released a very sensational documentary “House of Secrets – The Burari Deaths”. After that Netflix released “Indian Predator – The Butcher of Delhi”, based on the life of Chandrakant Jha, a notorious serial killer of India, which seemed very boring but the story was interesting too.
Now the second chapter of this documentary series has come in which the story of 14 murders done by another serial killer Raja Kolandar has been shown. The name of this documentary is – Indian Predator: Diary of a Serial Killer. The story of the documentary shakes to the core, but the documentary has been made in a very average way. Magazines like lovely stories on crime. I am only interested in the story of the serial killer. If you do not go by the script of the documentary, then this documentary will definitely help in understanding the intention of the perpetrator.
The documentary has investigated 14 murders from 1997 to 2000. Beginning with the disappearance of a journalist in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000, the sequels of this story are so horrifying and dreadful that thinking, hatred and fear are born simultaneously. Journalist Dhirendra left the house early one day and did not reach home till late at night. The charger of his mobile was at home itself. Due to no news for two days, the family members took the help of the police. With the help of phone records, information about the last calls was received, through which a person reached Ram Niranjan aka Raja Kolander.
On suspicion, Raja and his companion Vaksharaj were arrested by the police. A little police treatment was received and Raja Kolander’s tongue opened. He confessed that he had committed the murder as he was not returning his loan. The journalist was shot, then his head was cut off and thrown into the pond, all the clothes were thrown elsewhere and the rest of the body in the fields. Raja Kolandar was sent to jail. He and the children were also questioned. The amazing thing was that his family members, his friends, and any person from his village denied outright that the king was involved in this blood in some way.
During the investigation, the police found a diary in which 13 names were written and the name of that journalist was at number 14. The police suspected that Raja had also killed these 13 people. When the pressure was increased, the king took the police to his pig farming farm. On digging down the peepal tree, many skeletons were found and two-headed skulls were also recovered. Subsequent investigation revealed that the first name of the diary was that of a friend of the king whose family was yet to visit the king’s house. During interrogation, Raja told that he had lent money to his friend, and that friend was not returning it.
This friend of the king used to call himself very smart and because of this, the king got irritated and cut him on his farm. Boiled his skull and made its soup and drank it so that his cleverness could come to the mind of the king. By the way, it has been found in the investigation that out of the 13 people whose names have been written and Raja has been found guilty of his murder, some of them are still alive. Raja is currently lodged in the High Security Jail in Unnao. In addition to the charge of robbing a car and killing two people in 2012, there are a total of three cases going on including the murder of journalist Dhirendra Singh, in which he has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
In the third and last episode of the documentary, it is explained that Raja Kolandar was an ambitious man. He originally belonged to the Kol tribe, but by snatching the rights of the tribe, the people of the Kol community were given the status of Scheduled Caste. The king made his wife contest the election of the Zilla Parishad in which she was victorious. The king himself was a clerk in a government department. After winning the election of his wife, the king accumulated a lot of wealth. He started lending money to the people, then when someone hesitated or delayed in getting the loan back, the king would call him to his pig farming center or call him to a secluded place and behead him. It was difficult for anyone to believe that the king used to behave like a male vampire, but according to the police, the king himself had told the police about drinking soup after boiling his skull. However, the documentary also shows a conversation with Raja Kolandar, in which Raja is telling himself a victim of a police conspiracy. Only the king knows the truth.
The documentary is heart-wrenching but its presentation is very boring. The first episode has the look of a low budget documentary. Raja Kolandar is also mentioned but the dramatization of events is very childish. The entry of Raja’s family takes place in the second episode. The mental state of the king can be imagined from the fact that he had named his children as Adalat, Bail and Movement. The wife was a member of the Zilla Parishad, so he started accumulating money on the basis of her status. He had two big cars, a scooter, a pig farm and various consumables. His children were everything to him. He had a very good behavior even with neighbors and friends. His friends were convinced of his friendship. The king used to lend money to the people in times of need. Although the king denied this, but his family and friends had confirmed that there was an old conversation between the king and that journalist Dhirendra and both used to meet.
A lot of research has been done in the documentary but the presentation is weak. The music is also hoarse, due to which there is a disturbance in watching again and again. The editing of Saurabh Prabhudesai (Criminal Justice, Ahojhe and others) is also slow. It could have ended in just two episodes. Scam 1992 – Pratham Mehta Cinematographer of The Harshad Mehta Story Cinematography is very effective but it is not possible to watch the documentary just because of this. Dheeraj Jindal’s direction is average. If you are weak hearted then don’t watch this.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 11, 2022, 20:28 IST