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Beast Of Bangalore Is Out Now On Netflix

The fourth and final season of the real crime docuseries Indian Predator, created by VICE Studios India and presently available on Netflix, is titled Beast of Bangalore. According to writer-director Ashwin Rai Shetty, “Umesh Reddy was the first serial murderer to penetrate my awareness.”

Beast Of Bangalore

In an effort to identify, comprehend, and analyze some of India’s most prominent serial murderers, the Indian Predator documentary series was developed. The focus in earlier seasons was on Akku Yadav in Murder in a Courtroom, Raja Kolander in The Diary of a Serial Killer, and Chandrakant Jha in The Butcher of Delhi.

Reddy, a convicted serial murderer, and rapist who operated between the years of 1996 and 2002, is introduced to us in Beast of Bangalore.

He was given the death penalty in 2009 by the Karnataka High Court after being found guilty of raping and killing nine women, while it is believed that he really killed 18 to 20 women. Reddy has also recently made headlines for receiving a commuted death sentence in exchange for a 30-year life term.

Beast Of Bangalore

When Shetty first saw Reddy’s name in Indian local media, he was around eight or nine years old. I was only two lanes away from Bengaluru’s Mico Layout Police Station, where he was temporarily detained. My grandmother was relieved to learn that our home had metal doors and deadbolts installed since Shetty recalled being captivated by a number of the case’s specifics. “Even though he wasn’t a major player in my tale at the time I had to produce my thesis movie [in 2010], the serial murderer character was based on him. He was never far from my thoughts.

Viewers see how Reddy modified his MO in Bengaluru from the one he used in Chitradurga, a city 200 miles distant, during the series. Around midday, Reddy in Bengaluru targeted ladies who were at home alone. He entered their houses under various pretenses, such as asking for directions or pretending to be a cable operator. Once inside, he would undress his victims, abuse them sexually, and then flee with their belongings, including jewelry.

Reddy led police to a room during an interrogation where they discovered a number of stuff, including TVs, VCRs (videocassette recorders), cash, gold jewelry, and a bag containing women’s clothing and underwear. Reddy has never been clear about why he steals from his victims: Did he intend to sell the priceless items? Were the jewelry items intended to be relics from his victims? What made him collect women’s clothing? Was he a fanatic? Nobody appeared to be entirely sure where to put Reddy, other than as someone who deviated from historical conventions.

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Shetty’s obsession with Umesh Reddy’s persona was not out of the ordinary given the period and location in which he was raised. The media environment in Bengaluru saw a “huge transformation” in 2002, as journalist Vinay Madhav notes in the documentary series. Bengaluru was gradually changing from “a pensioner’s paradise” to “the Silicon Valley of India.” Private news outlets had flooded the market and were now fiercely competing for viewers. TRPs (Television Rating Points), a measure of a channel’s popularity and audience, would soon be introduced, and the weekly battle for the most TRPs began.

Journalist Pamela Philipose notes in the docuseries that “the media in those days were seeking for methods to market this tale of killings going place everywhere in a way that captivated the public imagination.” Reddy was labeled as a “pervert,” a “deviant,” and one of the numerous “devils prowling in the city” as a consequence. He would eventually turn into the “Beast of Bangalore.” Every TV channel, as Madhav notes, “had their own narrative about Umesh Reddy.”

According to Madhu Bhushan, a women’s rights advocate who appears in the three-part docuseries, “every crime should make the system look at itself.” Madhu, a member of the women’s rights organization Gamana Mahila Samuha, proposes shifting the emphasis from the perpetrator to “the system in which crime is ingrained.”

All criminals are the result of the system. A patriarchal, sexist system was produced [Reddy]. Although he wasn’t blameless for these actions, they weren’t isolated instances of abnormal behavior.

The fact that these crimes were committed against women and were sexual in character, in Madhu’s opinion, showed the prevailing patriarchal worldview. The practice of ‘victim blaming’ is widespread, particularly in situations of violence against women. Will you claim that someone was at fault if they are robbed? asked Madhu. Nobody desires to be raped and killed. Instead of telling her that her actions have contributed, inquire as to why the system has failed.

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