Trial by Fire: 1997 Netflix Series Uphaar Cinema Fire Sets Release Date for January 13
Trial by Fire, a limited series based on the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire in Delhi that left 59 people dead, is Netflix’s next Indian original series. It will start streaming from January 13, 2023.
Inspired by the bestselling Trial by Fire: The Tragic Tale of the Uphaar Fire Tragedy by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, the upcoming Netflix show is directed by Prashant Nair, who also served as the showrunner.
Rajshri Deshpande and Abhay Deol play the roles of Neelam and Shekhar, the real-life couple who lost their two children in the tragedy and fought a long legal battle for justice.
In a statement on Wednesday, Nair said the Krishnamoorthys are inspiring examples of the kind of resilience and courage it takes to move the needle, however slightly, in this country.
“What happened to them and how they were forced to fight for justice is truly horrifying and sadly there are countless others today in similar situations. We are grateful to Netflix for to be such courageous partners in telling this story,” the director added.
The fateful evening of June 13, 1997 saw the death of 59 people, and 100 other spectators injured, when a fire took hold of the Uphaar cinema in South Delhi.
Trial By Fire will chronicle their endless trials and tribulations in the pursuit of justice for 24 years while watching other lives touched and destroyed by fire.
Produced by Endemol Shine India and House of Talkies, the Netflix show also stars Rajesh Tailang, Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupam Kher, Ratna Pathak, Shilpa Shukla and Shardul Bharadwaj.
All episodes of Trial by Fire were released on January 13, 2023 on Netflix worldwide.