In 2018, the entire nation woke up to the grisly crime that resulted in the death of 11 people. It was even more shocking and bizarre because all of them belonged to one family in Delhi’s Burari area. 11 people; 2 generations and all dead in what seemed like a case of mass suicide. The horror gripped the country with speculations and assumptions about murder because why would a seemingly happy family hang themselves? But without any suspects or survivors, it was hard for the forces to find answers to questions.
Years later, a Netflix docu-series tries to answer a few of them. Titled House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, the limited series is a sordid yet eye-opening watch that not only documents graphic details of suicide but also the lack of mental health awareness and the dire consequences of the same. The makers including director Leena Yadav also manage to unveil the culture of silence that permeates in most Indian families and the voyeurism that mainstream broadcast media sells and cashes in.
Needless to say, the internet is all invested and is revisiting the shocking case. The many adjectives used to describe the show certainly point out that the makers achieved what they wanted to do. For the doc has reignited the discourse on mental health again and it’s unmissable. See for yourself.
House of secrets: Burari deaths on @NetflixIndia is a good recap of the 2018 event. It reinforces how the widespread unawareness of mental health leads to extremely unexpected disasters.
— Anand Dhar Dubey (@ddubeyg) October 9, 2021
The way Burari case documentary subtly comments on patriarchy, mental health and how media always ends up creating sensationalism instead of being sensitive when it comes to such cases is phenomenal. A sociologist in the panel would’ve added more value to the analysis tho.
— ✨Disintegrating✨ (@whineandchill) October 10, 2021
I highly recommend this new Netflix docuseries, House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, which documents the mysterious deaths of 11 family members in India. Chills are guaranteed but at the same time, also shines a light on our mental health and identifying delusions. pic.twitter.com/rur18nY77j
— Christian (@TheHallucinator) October 9, 2021
House of Secrets Burari.
A complete, agenda-free presentation of an incident, without overtly labeling it.
A testimony on the ramifications of ignored mental health, slow-brewing psychosis. And humane aspects of “Sensational headlines” from perspective of all involved.
— Nik_Invinci Shukriya Sidharth😊 #SidHeart 4 Life❣️ (@DrStrangeNik) October 10, 2021
#HouseofSecrets is harrowing and disturbing docu series on infamous burari mass suicides. It’s shocking to realize that incident which could have been avoided if there were mental health discussions in most of patriarchal families has led to loss of so many lives. 😲😨 pic.twitter.com/1BwWNRR2bA
— Heisenberg (@mukiom16) October 8, 2021
I watched house of secrets burari deaths… I think great job taking through the details of what happened & at the same time the lack of mental health awareness & utter sensalization by Media of truth events! It’s depressing but still so well done #HouseofSecretsTheBurariDeaths pic.twitter.com/PdHe0GkgUh
— Goeun| 🐥 (@KDrama_bangtan) October 10, 2021
what we really need is a sociological autopsy, at the heart of it there seems to be a mass resistance to talking about mental health and also we have stigmatized these convo’s.
~ Barkha Dutt #HouseofSecretsTheBurariDeaths
— 𝒔𝒂𝒎♡̷̷ˎˊ (@sammyslayys_) October 11, 2021
Just finished watching #HouseofSecretsTheBurariDeaths
I got chills in the spines..If your near and dear ones show any signs of mental illness…please do not ignore it.Dont feel embarrassed to consult a doctor.#Netflix#Mentalhealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters
— Anand Rai (@Vyangesh_) October 11, 2021
— Annesha Chatterjee (@anneshaha) October 10, 2021
I wish everyone watches the #HouseofSecretsTheBurariDeaths so that people understand the importance of mental health and that “it is OKAY to talk about it and seek help.” Lack of awareness can clearly cost lives, horrifying isn’t it?#HouseofSecrets pic.twitter.com/j3BrPDYMHt
— Vidhi 💜 (@vidhi_mody) October 9, 2021
In an interview with Indian Express, director Yadav opened up about approaching the subject and said, “At one point one wondered that will we ever get answers about the why and how of it all? That stayed with me for a while.” “I knew nothing about the case. I knew tidbits, some scraps of information that were blown out of proportion, but I didn’t know the real truth. That’s what intrigued me.”
Talking about the end product she added, “I think we have managed to get some answers. Some will forever remain unanswered, for it’s a case that has no witnesses, or any survivors. The why element, here in this case, is the biggest element. We spoke to so many cops, and crime reporters, who deal with macabre scenes, violence and gory crime on a daily basis. But they all agreed that this case was something else. Something about the case stayed with all of them. As for answers, the cops don’t have them. But even members of the (dead) family, who stay in a small town in Indore, don’t know the answers. It felt sad how this case fell off the map. It created this noise, and then disappeared.
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths is streaming on Netflix.