‘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 members of the same family committed mass suicide in Burari, Netflix released a highly sensationalized documentary “House of Secrets – The Burari Deaths”. After that, Netflix had released “Indian Predator – The Butcher of Delhi” based on the life of Chandrakant Jha, a notorious serial killer of India, which seemed to be made in a very boring style but the story was also interesting.
Now comes the second chapter of this documentary series which shows the story of 14 murders committed by another serial killer Raja Kolander. The name of this documentary is- Indian Predator: Diary of a Serial Killer. The story of the documentary is shocking to the core, but the documentary has been made in a very average way. Like Manohar Kahaniyaan, a magazine published on crime. Interested only in the story of the serial killer. If you don’t go by the script of the documentary, then this documentary will definitely help you understand the intention of the person who committed the crime.
The documentary examines 14 murders committed from 1997 to 2000. The next episodes of this story, which began with the disappearance of a journalist in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000, are so horrifying and dreaded that thinking takes birth together with disgust, hatred and fear. Journalist Dhirendra left home early one day and did not reach home till late night. His mobile charger was at home only. As there was 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 found through which a person reached Ram Niranjan alias Raja Kolander.
On suspicion, the police arrested Raja and his accomplice Vaksharaj. Got a little police treatment and Raja Kolander’s tongue opened. He confessed that he had committed the murder because he was not returning his loan. The journalist was shot, then his head was cut off and thrown in the pond, all the clothes were thrown somewhere else and the rest of the body in the fields. Raja Kolander was sent to jail. He and the children were also questioned. The amazing thing was that his family members, his friends, and no one in his village completely denied that Raja was somehow involved in this bloodshed.
During the investigation, the police found a diary in which 13 names were written and the name of that journalist was on number 14. The police suspected that Raja had killed these 13 people as well. When the pressure increased a little, the king took the police to his piggery farm. On digging under the Peepal tree, many skeletons were found and skulls with two heads were also recovered. After this investigation it was found that the first name of the diary was of Raja’s friend whose family still had to visit Raja’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 clever and because of this, the king cut him off on his farm. Boiled his skull and made a soup and drank it so that his cleverness could come to the king’s mind. By the way, in the investigation, it has come to know that some of the 13 people whose names have been written and Raja has been told guilty of their murder, are still alive. Raja is currently lodged in Unnao’s high security jail. In 2012, in addition to the charge of robbing a car and killing two people, a total of three cases are 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 King Kolandar was an ambitious person. He originally belonged to the Kol tribe, but by taking away the rights of the tribe, the people of Kol community were given the status of Scheduled Caste. The king made his wife contest the Zilla Parishad elections 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 property. He started lending money to the people, then when someone hesitated or delayed in getting back the loan, the king would call them to his piggery center or call them to a deserted place and behead them. It was difficult for anyone to believe that the king used to behave like a vampire, but according to the police, the king himself had told the police about boiling the skull and drinking soup. However, a conversation with Raja Kolander has also been shown in the documentary, 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. Take the first episode budget The look of the documentary is taken. Raja Kolander 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 his children were named Adalat, Zamanat and Andolan. Wife was a member of Zilla Parishad, so he started collecting money on the basis of her status. He had two big cars, a scooter, a pig farm and many other consumer goods. His children were everything to him. He had very good behavior with neighbors and friends. His friends were convinced of his friendship. The king used to lend money to the people at the time of need. Although Raja denied this, his family and friends had confirmed that there was an old conversation between Raja and that journalist Dhirendra and both used to meet.
A lot of research has been done in the documentary but the presentation has become weak. The music is also raucous due to which the viewing gets interrupted again and again. Editing by Saurabh Prabhudesai (Criminal Justice, Undekhi and others) is also slow. It could have been finished in two episodes only. Scam 1992 – Cinematographer Pratham Mehta 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 it.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 11, 2022, 20:28 IST