On November 13, 2010 while on honeymoon in South Africa, newly-weds Shrien and Anni Dewani, from Bristol, were kidnapped at gunpoint in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town. Shrien was released unharmed by his kidnappers, but only a few hours later Anni's brutally murdered body was found in the back seat of the taxi she had been travelling in. She had been shot in the neck. As the news broke, Anni's loving family were faced with the horrific reality of the loss of their beloved daughter in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. But worse was to come. As the investigation into her murder began, the family quickly had to confront the possibility that Anni's death might have been orchestrated by the one person she should have been able to trust above all others - her husband. "Anni: A Father's Story" is a full, frank and ultimately heartbreaking account of Anni's life from childhood through to the conclusion of the trial of her husband Shrien in Cape Town, four years after her murder.
Told from the perspective of Anni's father, Vinod Hindocha, this is the extraordinary story of how one family has coped with seeing their hopes for their daughter's future being so cruelly extinguished, how they tried to live with, and through, the aftermath, their efforts to see justice done and ultimately their attempts to reconcile themselves with the court's verdict and a future without their beautiful daughter, Anni.
Shekhar Bhatia is a London based journalist. He has been a staff reporter on several British newspapers including the Sunday Mirror, Evening Standard, The Observer and Daily Express during a 30 year career. He got involved in reporting on the murder of Anni Dewani soon after her shooting and six months later was a producer of Channel Four's Dispatches TV documentary "Murder on Honeymoon" which was filmed in Bristol, London, Sweden and South Africa. Since then, Bhatia has made four more documentaries for the BBC, NBC and Channel Five in South Africa on the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius and conducted the first TV interview with Reeva's parents.