Rahasya (English:Mystery) is a 2015 Indian murder mystery film which is directed by Manish Gupta.The film stars Kay Kay Menon, Tisca Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mita Vashisht and Ashwini Kalsekar.The film was inspired by the Aarushi murder case, which was met with some criticism by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. The film which also stars Tisca Chopra, Mita Vashisht and Ashwini Kalsekar in key roles, was released on 30th January, 2015 to rave reviews.
The film revolves around the story of an 18 year old girl, Ayesha Mahajan (Sakshi Sem), who is murdered in her own house. Her father Sachin Mahajan, played by Ashish Vidyarthi is deemed the prime suspect for the murder. Kay Kay Menon, in the role of CBI Chief Sunil Paraskar picks up the case and soon finds evidence that makes it more difficult to determine who exactly is responsible for Ayesha’s death. As various suspects and their motives are being tested, what comes out is a riveting story of a double murder.
It was initially reported that Gupta loosely based the film’s story on the Noida Double murder case and he was quoted as stating that “The case gives a classic premise for an Agatha Christie kind of murder mystery, which would keep the audience guessing and hooked. Plus, there’s the emotional quotient of the parents being accused of murdering their only daughter, something that the Indian audience has always felt for Shooting for the film completed prior to the verdict announcement and Gupta stated that he was not using the film to “pass a verdict” on anyone involved with the case.The production, along with two similar proposed films by different filmmakers, was met with some criticism by the Talwar family, who stated that they would seek legal recourse against any media adaptation of the murder case. Gupta later responded to this by stating that the film was intended to be a complete work of fiction and that he did not use any of the real names of people involved with the murder .He went on to say that the film would center upon a CBI investigator trying to uncover the truth of his daughter’s murder and that he had never definitively stated thatRahasya would be based on the Aarushi murder case..