A 32-year-old man battered his mother to death, stuffed her body in a box and dumped it in a drain in Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa district, the police said on Saturday.
The accused, Santosh Patil, was arrested after the incident was caught on a CCTV camera.
Superintendent of Police Shivdayal Singh said: "Santosh killed his 50-year-old mother Vimla Bai with a wooden club on Monday and then put the body in a box."
Allegedly annoyed by his mother's nagging, the man borrowed the idea from a television serial and carried out the plot, the police said.
He kept her body at home for four days before stuffing it in a box and disposing it in a drain, the police added.