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Series on Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination probe

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New Delhi: Putting a spotlight on the immediate aftermath of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Applause Entertainment, green-lights a crime procedural, based on writer Anirudhya Mitra’s book “Ninety Days: The True Story of the Hunt for Rajiv Gandhi’s Assassin”.

The series will be a blow-by-blow account of how the CBI’s Special Investigation Team cracked the assassination plot, identified the assassins and chased the mastermind, to his final hideout.

Acclaimed film director Nagesh Kukunoor will be helming the project. He shared, “I look forward to taking on this gritty and thrilling piece of storytelling, … excited to see how this one unfolds.”

Mitra said, “With ‘Ninety Days…’ I’ve tried to provide the most definitive account of the biggest manhunt launched in India.

“The audio-visual format enables the story’s numerous facets and layers to be presented in a more nuanced and engrossing manner. With Applause Entertainment’s reputation for passionate storytelling and Nagesh Kukunoor’s directorial expertise, I’m confident that an exciting series lies ahead of us.”

Sameer Nair, Applause Entertainment CEO said, “Driven and guided by our values of being ambitious, audacious and disruptive, we believe the adaptation of Anirudhya Mitra’s book certainly makes for a compelling story to tell.

“…We are pleased to once again collaborate with director Nagesh Kukunoor to bring this gut-wrenching story to a contemporary audience.”

The content studio recently announced an exciting slate including “Tanaav”, “Gandhi” and “Scam 2003” and has now acquired the rights to Mitra’s book.

A former journalist, Anirudhya was one of the firsts to report on the investigation and break several exclusive stories while the hunt for the assassins was on.

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