A thriller set in India and inspired by real events.
Radio 4 drama
A thriller set in India and inspired by real events. A young woman, Prithi, attempts to join a secretive religious commune and tries to win the trust of the group's leader - the charismatic motorbike-loving Ravi Baba.
But, as her freedoms are gradually stripped away, it becomes clear that she is not a genuine convert. Is she a police informer trying to gather evidence against the group, a journalist trying to get a scoop or does she have some other agenda?
The Chosen One is inspired by the writer Avi Garvi's own experiences. When still a child, Avi's mother became a follower of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a charismatic music producer, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and self-styled guru. She left the family home with her five children to become a disciple at one of his ashrams. Avi left the sect as a teenager and moved to Mumbai where he now lives under an assumed identity for fear of retribution from cult members.
Last year, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in jail. His conviction led to widespread rioting which left dozens of his followers dead from clashes with police. He also faces prosecution for murder and ordering forced castrations.
Original Music by Jon Ouin
Produced by Nadir Khan
A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4.