The Verdict: State vs Nanavati is a story about the infamous 1959 KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra case. Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati, the Parsi naval commander was charged with section 302 after he fired three gunshots and killed his wife Sylvia’s Sindhi lover, Prem Ahuja. The Bombay session court acquitted him but the High Court found him guilty. He was released after spending three years in jail, as then-Governor Vijalakshmi Pandit asked Nanavati to be pardoned in exchange for another Sindhi businessman’s acquittal.
1. Manav Kaul as KM Nanavati
In the upcoming ZEE5 Original and ALTBalaji Original web series, Manav Kaul shall be seen essaying Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati, the Parsi naval commander at the center of the story.
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2. Elli AvrRam as Sylvia
Elli AvrRam, who was recently seen in a dance number alongside Sidharth Malhotra in Jabariya Jodi, has been roped in to play Nanavati’s English-born wife Sylvia.
3. Viraf Patel as Prem Ahuja
Viraf Patel portrays Prem Ahuja, a successful businessman and an eligible Sindhi bachelor, who made the mistake of falling in love with the forbidden woman.
4. Kubbra Sait as Mamie Ahuja
Kubbra Sait plays Mamie Ahuja, sister of the deceased Prem Ahuja. She leaves no stone unturned to get Nanavati a death sentence.
5. Angad Bedi as Karl Khandalavala
Angad Bedi plays prosecution lawyer Karl Khandalavala who represents Nanavati. Karl is an Indian Parsi art connoisseur, lawyer, and an Indian Air Force officer.
6. Makrand Deshpande as Chandu Trivedi
Chandu Trivedi, a regular lawyer who takes upon himself to prove Nanavati guilty is essayed by veteran Makrand Deshpande.
7. Sumeet Vyas as Ram Jethmalani
Sumeet Vyas brings to life the Indian judicial figure Ram Jethmalani, whose career this case changed.
8. Saurabh Shukla as Rustom Khurshedji Karanjia
Actor Saurabh Shukla joins The Verdict as Rustom Khurshedji Karanjia, Founder/Editor of a popular tabloid who changed the narrative of the Nanavati case in order to establish a fellow Parsi as a hero and protect the Navy’s reputation.
The Verdict starts streaming on ZEE5 on 30 September 2019. Stay tuned for more dope on the web series.