By Shaurya Thapa
The latest Netflix India series Trial by Fire is based on the aftermath of the Uphaar Cinema fire of 1997.
The protagonists Neelam & Shekhar Krishnamoorthy are played by Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande.
The real-life couple lost their children to the fire and have campaigned for justice ever since.
Gopal and Sushil Ansal, owners of the Uphaar Cinema, are shown as the primary villains in Trial By Fire.
The Krishnamoorthys' unpredictable next-door neighbour Shalini was created for the show.
While the Ansals did try to buy the victims' families' silence, the "enforcer" Neeraj Suri wasn't real.
Indian Army officer Capt Manjinder Singh Bhinder tried rescuing many, but died along with his wife & kid.
Retired Army officer Capt Bedi and his wife (Anupam Kher & Ratna Pathak Shah) seem to be inspired by Bhinder and his family.
The "scapegoat" technician Veer Singh is a fictional representation of the Ansals's corrupt influence.
The Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) was crucial in the trial against the Ansals.