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Trial By Fire actors Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande pose with the 'real' Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy; pen a heartfelt note

Rajshri Deshpande recalled how she got emotional on meeting Mr. and Mrs. Krishnamoorthy for the first time.

Trial By Fire actors Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande pose with the 'real' Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy; pen a heartfelt note
Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande with Shekhar and Neelam Krishnamoorthy (Courtesy: Rajshri Deshpande/Instagram)
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Last Updated: 07.17 AM, Jan 16, 2023

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The lead actors, Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande rushed to social media a few days after Netflix's most recent limited series, Trial by Fire, was released to honour the real Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, whose inspirational story served as inspiration for the show. The pioneering parents, who lost their kids in the 1997 Uphaar Cinema fire, got together with the actors for a few days in New Delhi to catch up, share stories, and connect over real and fictional experiences.

Rajshri Deshpande eloquently stated, "We met the Krishnamoorthys," when discussing their meeting. She added that her eyes started to tear up when she first saw Mr. and Mrs. Krishnamoorthy. One of her greatest honours in life has been getting to know Neelam and getting to play her. She gave Rajshri a really tight hug and told her not to cry because she was now Neelam. She was happy that the actor had managed to catch her without having met her earlier.

Abhay Deol elaborated on this and shared more about his encounter with them at their sit-down, saying that, given that their approval was what he wanted most, he felt a little terrified. When they greeted them with open arms and a smile, it put them at ease, and the actor felt good about his role. Shekhar is Neelam's calm strength, and she is definitely as active as ever; Abhay could tell even now. It was encouraging to see someone still so engaged and motivated after all these years.

Trial by Fire tells about what happened in South Delhi on June 13, 1997, when a fire at the Uphaar Cinema killed 59 people and hurt 100 others. The fire and combat drama on TV is based on the hard journey of Neelam and Shekar Krishnamoorthy, who lost their children in the disaster. The Netflix show, which was based on their book Trial by Fire: The Tragic Tale of the Uphaar Fire Tragedy, shows how hard they have to fight for justice over and over again.

Trial by Fire, a story about hard work, loss, and struggle, is only available on Netflix right now.

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