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Piyush Jha: I always wanted to write on serial killers

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016,14:34 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | After four detective fictions and three films, popular novelist and screenplay writer Piyush Jha says he has now written a story about serial-killers. I had this huge data-base of serial killers across the world in my mind.

My earlier novels were about detectives. This time I wanted to do something different. I always wanted to make a movie or write on serial-killers, he says.

Jha’s latest book, Rakshasas: India’s No 1 Serial Killer is a thrilling narrative of a serial killer’s life and the unusual and challenging investigation to catch him while uncovering a chilling trail of unspeakable torment and cruelty.

The book published by Westland was launched at the recently concluded Crime Writers’ Festival here. Clearing the air about how the crime of serial killing is not solely a western phenomenon, he says, People here think serial killers are in America, not in India.

There are a whole bunch of serial killers in India. The youngest serial-killer in the world is an Indian. The 44-year-old author says he feels that the genesis of most offenders lay in deprived livelihoods or devastating experiences, and therefore his narrative of Rakshas’ life is consciously empathetic in tone. I had to empathize with the character to understand him better.

In most of the cases you’ll see they either had harrowing childhoods or have come out of broken families, he says. Digressing from his usual pattern of portraying women as negative characters in his plot, the filmmaker’s latest hero is a woman IPS officer who carries out perilous investigations to nab the criminal.

People have always asked me why each of my novels portray women as evil. So this time, I had this lady IPS officer solving the case, the author says.

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