Wednesday, 13 January 2021
With Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, writer Apurva Asrani brought the uncomfortable truth of marital rape into our living rooms. While the writer had the blueprint in Peter Moffat’s British series of the same name, he says that developing the story in the post #MeToo world demanded that the women’s characters be better evolved.
“The original BBC drama was aired 13 years ago. The position of women has shifted by leaps and bounds,” begins Asrani, who gave us a quiet but steely survivor in Kirti Kulhari’s Anu Chandra, who is accused of stabbing her husband to death. “The core of Anu’s journey comes largely from the original. But we took forward elements from the first season of Criminal Justice like Nikhat [Anupriya Goenka’s character] being affected by her father’s polygynous marriage. Pankaj Tripathi’s marriage to Ratna adds layers to the series.”