The Serpent BBC: What happened to Ajay Is he still alive?

The Serpent BBC: What happened to Ajay Is he still alive?

January 8, 2021

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All eight episodes of The Serpent are streaming on the BBC iPlayer now, with instalments airing every Sunday on BBC One at 9pm. Amesh Edireweera portrays Ajay Chowdhury in The Serpent and episode six is the last time viewers see him on screen. What happened to Ajay Chowdhury? Is he still alive? has everything you need to know.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Serpent

What happened to Ajay Chowdhury?

Ajay was the real Charles Sobhraj’s (played by Tahir Rahim) second-in-command.

The pair met in Thailand and Ajay, a fellow criminal, became a loyal follower of Charles.

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In The Serpent, Ajay assists Charles, who is going by the name Alain, in carrying out the killings and is seen committing murder alongside him.

The real Charles and Ajay are believed to have carried out their first known murders in 1975 and before then had committed a string of robberies by drugging their victims.

Chowdhury is suspected of burning victims’ bodies to prevent quick identification, according to Nepal police and Interpol.

As seen in The Serpent, Charles and Ajay’s first known murder victim was American tourist Teresa Knowlton (Alice Englert), who was found drowned in a tidal pool in the Gulf of Thailand.

When Alain, his fiancée Marie-Andrée Leclerc/Monique (Jenna Coleman) and Ajay visit Nepal in episode five of The Serpent, Alain begins to question his friend’s loyalty after he spends the evening with a backpacker – without killing her or robbing her of her belongings.

When Alain finds Ajay sleeping next to her the following morning, he tearfully pleaded: “Don’t hurt her. I like her.”

By episode six, things take an unfortunate turn for Ajay. The serial killer chooses to take Monique to Paris with him instead, despite Ajay’s attempts to convince him otherwise.

Alain then drove Ajay to a vast space of land and deserted him at the side of the road, not before insulting Ajay and throwing money at him.

The last time viewers see Ajay is him standing hopelessly on the roadside before the scene cuts to Alain returning to collect Monique.

Whether the events shown in the series happened in real life remains unknown as the series is a dramatisation of true events and all dialogue is imagined.

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Is Ajay Chowdhury still alive?

The real Ajay Chowdhury was last seen in Malaysia in 1976.

He travelled there with Marie and Charles, all three using fake identities.

Chowdhury was last seen stealing gems and delivering them to Charles, which was one of the few instances he was ever seen again.

The last reported sighting of Chowdhury was in West Germany in late 1976, but he has never been located.

Some believe Ajay was murdered by Charles before he and Marie travelled to Geneva, but his remains have never been found.

The Interpol file on Chowdhury remains open today.

Speaking about taking on the role of Ajay, actor Edireweera said: “I mean, the whole story is completely mental.

“So, all of it was a real shock. Ajay, in particular, is interesting because there are no direct accounts of him – just some evidence from other people speaking about him.

“For me, the greatest shock was hearing his parents talk about him.

“There was a tape I listened to from Richard Neville who interviewed Ajay’s family.

“They described him as such a ‘good boy’ and ‘clever’. In the interview, I listened to Ajay’s mother talk about ‘her boy’ and felt connected to the love that she still showed for him in spite of everything that has happened. I felt a real sense of sorrow for the family.”

The Serpent is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now and airs every Sunday at 9pm on BBC One

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