Friday, October 2, 2015

Quick Review of Talvar

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Cast: Irrfan Khan, Neeraj Kabi, Konkana Sen Sharma
Direction : Meghna Gulzar
Producers: Vineet Jain, Vishal Bhardwaj
Written by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Music by:  Vishal Bhardwaj
Release Date: 2nd October, 2015

Talvar, a film by Meghna Gulzar, is based on 2008 Noida double murder case of a teenage girl and her domestic help – Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj. This case had caught the attention of whole nation. For almost a month, it was the top news in every News Channel and captured the headlines of every newspaper. One of the most talked about and intriguing murder mystery case. The tragedy with this case is that the mystery is still unresolved. Parents were convicted for this murder in 2013 and still in prison after getting sentenced for life imprisonment. Many questions remain unanswered. Even the parents’ imprisonment does not give any closure to this case. Although the circumstantial evidence worked against them, somehow, the nation still remains divided as far as the parents’ convicting is concerned. People are not able to accept that well educated and civilized doctor couple could murder their only daughter. Many felt that it could be a case of honour killing. A few others felt that there could be more to the whole episode than what is being talked in the media. Meghna’s Talvar is fictional dramatization of the events revolving around Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. The plot, characters are very closely etched out.

The film highlights the way how investigation and judicial system works in our country. It also talks about the kind of journalism today. The media is so judgmental at times, rather decides the course of investigation and verdict even when the case is under trial. The stories are sensationalized by the media. This case could have had a proper closure, provided the case was handled responsibly by concerned officers right from the beginning. 

Irrfan is definitely very good as CDI officer. Less screen time is there for Neeraj Kabi and Konkana Sen as Shruti’s parents, but impactful performance.

The movie is very much factual. Watch one of the most intriguing murder mystery.

Rating: 3.5/5 (Good+)