House Of Secrets, a docuseries introduced to the OTT platform, Netflix on 8 October 2021, is one of the most chilling speculated mass suicide cases in India. With all the secrets lying within the family, what all do we come to know from the docuseries is the question! 

About The Docuseries

The docuseries concentrates on the life in and around the family members as well as all the speculations that we made around the case. With ruling out every possibility, the police and the crime branch ended up terming the death of 11 family members as a mass suicide case under an angle of shared psychosis which had been investigated.

Ten family members were found hanged to the false ceiling with dupattas, while the oldest family member, the grandmother, was strangled alongside the bed. The bodies were found on the morning of 1 July 2018; after having conducted a ritual at 1 AM on the previous night, wherein they accidentally committed suicide in hope of being saved by the dead. 

Psychologists have commented that these deaths are a result of ‘shared psychotic disorder’ in which members of a group blindly trust one among them making one of them a superior power and follow instructions without question. Psychologists feel that Lalit, the head of the family suffered from a ‘delusional disorder’.

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Created by Leena Yadav and Anubhav Chopra, the three-part docuseries explores the theories surrounding the deaths of 11 members of the same family on the night of 30 June 2018. 

What really happened behind those closed doors, no one knew for sure. It became the biggest news story in 2018 and now Netflix's documentary directed by Leena Yadav tries to unravel the complexities. HerZindagi's Megha Mamgain is speaking to the director on what all went behind making this three-part documentary on the chilling subject. Here’s our insight into the docuseries! 

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The Interview Details 

Megha Mamgain: With everybody being in shock, the police, journalists, neighbors, and many more, we want to know what you did, as you spent a lot of time filming, we assume you stepped into the house where this all took place on the night on 30th June 2018, now locally considered as a haunted house! What was that one thing that affected you the most, as a filmmaker, as an individual, and as a woman? 

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Leena Yadav: Like you, I was very curious about this case, and I was not satisfied with what I learnt about it at the time that it happened. This always haunted me. That’s why I chose to tell the story. This is the first time I'm doing a documentary but I thought that there is something more that I'm doing here that I need to find out and people need to know. Just instinctively. The process was a long, very interesting one! A lot of fear in the beginning. Just dealing with something like this, because everything affected you so much and then, talking to people, it’s such a sensitive case that one had to really think how do you even frame questions, how do you take people to those places. Also, there is a big cultural thing, that in India we genuinely believe that ‘ki ghar ki baat ghar mein hi rehni chahiye’. We do not like to discuss uncomfortable things. So just being, making people go to those places, as a filmmaker I think I felt like 5 feature films in 1 documentary. Emotionally, the journey, the learning for a narrative, I will take back from this documentary experience. Letting things unravel for what they are and accepting that. There is so much in this case, which is so true and for me, a story, whether it’s fiction or docu, is true because when I feel it’s not about them, it’s about us. The moment I feel that, and this documentary is about all of us. I mean, it is something we will all need to introspect.

To know more answers to your questions, we have a whole interview you can go through! 

Our questions may not all have been answered and may never be! We all remain in doubt and curiousness. Will there ever be an answer to the mystery? Will there ever be an explanation that is valid for the mass suicide of 11 family members? 

Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more!