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Dariba Diaries


In today’s age, investigators and detectives of crime cases have a whole range of detective equipments, chemicals and various tests, databases, etc. to assist and prove their claims. It is quite unimaginable that a detective could zero-in on the culprit without such vast technical support system.

But there have always been detectives from ages and they’ve been successful in detecting the criminals. So how did they do it, without any beeping equipments or hidden sensors or polygrah tests? Epic Channel’s fictional show ‘Dariba Diaries’ takes one to the olden days to see how it was done.

Dariba Diaries is set in Dariba kalan of 19th century Delhi, at a time when the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar is rendered powerless and the British Raj is established. With the crime rate increasing the Kotwal (local police officer) asks his friend’s son, Mirza Jaan Nawaz (played by Siddharth Makkar) to help him solve the complicated cases. Mirza, who has an inherent investigative capability, cracks up the most difficult cases that seem mysterious and unsolvable. A combination of observation and reasoning, his intelligent brain becomes a power tool in his investigation.

A series which highlights the extent of capabilities a human can have, which sadly have gone hidden with the advent of technology. Observation – the crime scene neatly observed with minute details in such a way that it could be memorised and recalled at a later time. Touch – by mere touching of the concerned clues and objects, the material used, the residue found on the object, etc. all are identified easily by experts. Smell, just by smelling an expert can identify the various odour emitting materials used on a particular cloth or object. Sound – the type of sound, the distance, the voice and its quality, all form an important element in the investigative process.

Mirza Jaan Nawaz is a complex character with a tragic past. Losing his mother at an early age, his father too taken away blamed for an uncommitted crime, Mirza is brought up by the household help who becomes his mother, father, uncle, friend – all rolled into one. Time and again haunted by his past, Mirza seeks support from his ladylove Zeenat, with whom he discusses his cases and who often helps him out when he reaches a dead end in his investigation. Mirza is also attached to the Kotwal, whom he considers his foster father, and his son Shyam, who assists him in his investigations and whom he treats like a younger brother.

With a dependent team such as above, Mirza Jaan Nawaz is out to catch the perpetrators of crime. Criminals of Dariba, beware.


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  • Reply
    indrani robbins
    June 13, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    thanks, durga… sounds like an interesting show. delhi in bahadur shah zafar’s time, must be interesting. and the protagonist with a story of his own, wish i could see. maybe there will be touches of sherlock and his methods of perceiving, of drawing conclusions based on sharp observation by human faculties will be shown. waiting for epic to come online or start in singapore.

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      June 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      It is interesting. Mainly what I felt was you completely feel you are in that time zone, a 19th century feel totally. Yes, the show did remind me of Sherlock Holmes, but before that it reminded me of Byomkesh Bakshi, probably because of the Indian set up. A subdued treatment, hardly melodramatic, cases revolving around nawabs, treasurers, courtesans, etc., occupations of the time, it’s actually amusing at times. 🙂
      I really wish Epic starts spreading its wings all over the world. These are beautiful, well-made shows. Might not belong to the popular genre, but for those interested, these are marvels.

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    November 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Ma’am ,, i like this programme,, may u tell is it based on any book or by creating division of channel

    • Reply
      December 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks for reading. To clear things first, I am just an ordinary viewer, as you are. My thoughts and reactions are those that I write down in these reviews.

      About your query, the way the series has been written and executed, giving attention to every minute detail of the era, one does get the feeling that it is perhaps based on a book of that time. But nowhere in the titles or the description of the show, a reference to any such book is mentioned. So at this point, we have to assume that the work is entirely done by the creative division of the channel. Which, in that case, is highly commendable as a job well done.

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    rhea sinha
    June 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Durga di yesterday we started watching this show on Netflix. I was quite proud to think you had written about this here! Quickly came to check your review.. Am enjoying this detective series. Such detail adding to the atmosphere of the olden days..

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      June 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I am so happy you finally get to watch Epic channel shows. Dariba diaries is quite unique in its own way. The cases get more and more complicated. Enjoy the investigations. ☺
      Any other shows you started to watch?

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