HBO Asia Original Documentary The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors wins Best Foreign Documentary Award

HBO Asia’s first Original Documentary series, The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors,  won the Best Foreign Documentary Award at the 7th China Academy Awards of Documentary Film (CAADF) that took place on 29 December 2017 in Beijing, China. 

The Awards were organised by the China Documentary Research Centre (CDRC) and hosted by the Communication University of China (CUC).

Featuring never-before-seen exclusive interviews, The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors, is a gripping documentary that examines the double murder of a teenage girl and her family’s household servant in Noida, India, that quickly became one of India’s biggest murder mysteries, capturing worldwide attention. 

Produced in association with Star India, watch the four-part hour-long HBO Asia Original Documentary Series anytime, anywhere on HBO On Demand (via Astro GO).

According to the CDRC, the cinematic and narrative style of the documentary, along with numerous quality interviews and detailed supporting materials, made The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors, a documentary that has both artistic quality and social value.

The China Academy Awards for Documentary Films was first initiated in 2010 and is a major event within China's documentary scene.


Examining one of India’s biggest murder mysteries that shook the nation and captured worldwide attention –  the double murder of a teenage girl and her family’s household servant in Noida, India.

The documentary begins with Drs. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on the morning of 16 May 2008, discovering their daughter, Aarushi Talwar, lying dead in her bed, bludgeoned and with her throat cut. 

Their Nepali servant, Hemraj Banjade, is missing and believed to be the culprit until his bloated and battered body is discovered on the apartment roof terrace. There were seemingly just the four people in the apartment that night and only two of them are still alive. 

To the police investigation teams leading the inquiry, the parents must be the murderers, but after nine years, three investigations, a trial and appeal, and now an acquittal, nothing is as it seems. 

In English and Hindi with English and local language subtitles*, the documentary features never-before-seen exclusive interviews with Aarushi’s parents, The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors speaks with those most closely involved in this twisted tale of intrigue, mystery that has turned this double murder into one of India’s most notorious crimes. - 7KLIK

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