House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths review – an emotional rollercoaster

By Romey Norton
Published: October 8, 2021 (Last updated: January 21, 2024)
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Netflix documentary series House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths


This documentary delves into the eleven devastating deaths in one family.

This review of the Netflix documentary series House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths does not contain spoilers.

Netflix has released a thriller documentary series, House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths. This series is an examination of the truths and theories surrounding the deaths of 11 members of a Delhi family, 7 females and 4 males. 

A little bit of back story. Three years ago, 11 members of the Chundawat family were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their home in Burari, New Delhi. This caused several conspiracy theories and shocked an entire nation.

This three-part documentary series explores what happened to this traditional Indian family. This case caught my attention under the sheer number of deaths that happened. The documentary is quite unpleasant and left me feeling uneasy. The series is fast-paced, a lot of information and emotion is put into the three 45-minute episodes, which makes it hard to stop watching.

The deaths themselves are absolutely horrifying. The police indicate that everyone dies and that there is no way to predict this, which just infuriated and confused me. I’m also going to add a trigger warning, some real crime scene footage is used, and whilst this is a great addition and deep insight into what the CSI and police see, it might cause some trauma and you might not be able to get the images out of your head. 

The involvement from the media is insane. Theories ran wild and the level of involvement and misinformation being spread by them causes more hysteria. 

There are interviews with psychologists and medical examiners, trying to make sense of this tragic ordeal. This series does have an expansive feel and this is a credit to them as it really gives a new level into crime documentaries.

What I really appreciate is in the final episode co-directors Leena Yadav and Anubhav Chopra focus on the friends, family, neighbors, those who have scars that will never heal. Allowing for some healing in what is a truly, tragic case. 

I highly recommend this documentary series. In the end, I was left wondering what had happened. You will be left questioning whether this was a mass murder or a suicide, and that will stay with you. If you are someone who has an appetite for true crime, this is a fantastic documentary to watch. I had never heard about this incident and I have found this a fascinating documentary. There is enough detailed footage and stories for me to feel well informed, yet I still feel left a bit hopeless. Like any good documentary, this one has you questioning and thinking from beginning to end. This is an emotional roller-coaster.

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