Alt Balaji is coming up with new courtroom drama The Verdict – State Vs Nanavati . In the year 1959, Indian court case where Commander Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati, a Naval Commander, was tried for the murder of Prem Ahuja, his wife's lover. Commander Nanavati, accused under section 302, was initially declared not guilty by a jury, but the verdict was dismissed by the Bombay High Court and the case was retried as a bench trial.
This was among the last cases to be heard as a jury trial in India, as the government abolished jury trials soon after in most cases except for Parsis who still have Jury Trials for their Matrimonial Disputes.
The crux of the case was whether Nanavati shot Ahuja in the "heat of the moment" or whether it was a premeditated murder. In the former scenario, Nanavati would not have been charged under the Indian penal code for culpable homicide, with a maximum punishment of 10 years.
In the series, Manav Kaul is essaying the role of Nanavati, Elli AvrRam is essaying the role of his wife Slyvia Nanavati. The ensemble cast includes Saurabh Shukla, Angad Bedi, Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait, Makarand Deshpande, Soni Razdan, Viraf Patel, Swanand Kirkire, Pooja Gor in pivotal roles. This is series is based on true events and facts and reference to plots and incidents.
The makers of the show posted the teaser link and wrote, “The case that divided India Reopens!
Despite six decades, the story of the trial which revolved around infidelity, cold-blooded murder and patriotism still grab people’s attention. This 10-episode courtroom drama will be based on public records, newspaper articles of the time, interviews with people who have knowledge of the case- keeping it as real and authentic as possible. 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.
Actor Akshay Kumar’s 2016 ‘Rustom’ also had the same storyline only the names and characters of the actors played used were not real but in this series, they are actually mentioning the names.