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Sunday, Sep 22, 2019

Meghna Gulzar to direct series on former Mumbai top cop, Rakesh Maria

The series will focus on Maria’s cases including the serial bomb blasts in 1993, the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar twin blasts in 2003, and the interrogation of Ajmal Kasab.

bollywood Updated: Aug 06, 2018 15:39 IST
Meghna Gulzar will produce a series on the life of former Mumbai police commissioner, Rakesh Maria
Meghna Gulzar will produce a series on the life of former Mumbai police commissioner, Rakesh Maria

Bollywood director Meghna Gulzar and Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films are all set to produce a series on the life of the highly regarded top cop, and former Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Rakesh Maria. The series will be based on his experiences and various case files of his accomplished career, and will also be directed by Meghna Gulzar.

Rakesh Maria, an IPS officer, cleared his Civil Service Examination from the 1981 batch. As Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) in 1993, he cracked the Bombay serial blasts case, and later moved to DCP (Crime) and then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), of the Mumbai Police. Maria also solved the 2003 Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar twin blasts case.

He was also the in-charge of investigating the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 and interrogated Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive, and successfully investigated the case.

Expressing his excitement, Rakesh Maria commented, “I am happy to re-live the journey, especially when piloted by a brilliant and sensitive director like Meghna Gulzar, and a production house of the calibre of Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films. More than the nostalgia, it’s also a valuable opportunity to place before the people the extraordinary work of the Mumbai Police when facing tough challenges and working against all odds.”

Meghna’s latest feature film Raazi, released in May 2018, received critical acclaim and was a huge commercial success, earning big numbers at the box office. Talking about the announcement, Meghna Gulzar said that Maria’s life is a powerful lens to explore the chronology of crime and terror in our society. “The potential of this content is limitless, and that is supremely exciting for me,” she added.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 15:14 IST