Nothing interests the audiences more than high-profile murder cases. From Jessica Lal to Aarushi Talwar and now Sheena Bora, the audiences closely follow all the court proceedings and tune into The Newshour, to absorb all details and draw conclusions on their own.
Talvar depicts the Aarushi Talwar double murder case as an open-ended one. It highlights the fractured legal system, the negligence and incompetency prominent in the police system and the judgemental Indian society. So, in the movie Aarushi Talwar is Shruti Tandon, Hemraj is Khempal, the key accused, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are depicted as Ramesh and Nutan Tandon and the CBI is CDI [Central Department Of Information]
Talvar is a difficult film to watch because we know all along that we aren’t in a fictitious land; we are in Noida where the double murder took place. This film also exposes the professional rivalries between the investigating teams and the insatiable thirst of the Indian media for masala.
The double murder of Aarushi Talwar and the Talwar’s male domestic help shook the Indian society and uprooted the very value system that the Indian society is based on. Prior to this double murder case, a father slaughtering his daughter to death was unheard of. The murder mystery garnered a lot more attention mainly because it dealt with the middle-class Indian society, people like you and me. Movie reaches it’s climax when there is a round-table conference between the two investigating teams, one team that is convinced that the parents killed Arushi, depicted as Shruti Tandon in the movie and the other team that is convinced that the other small-time employees and helpers, who were employed with the Talvars choreographed the killings.
Irfan Khan depicting the role of Ashwin Kumar from originally CBI is the movie’s best highlight. He makes the case interesting and keeps the audiences captivated and wanting for more.
The movie is loosely based on Avirrook Sen’s book, “Aarushi”. After delivering two disasters as a director, it is surprising to see the movie that Meghna has come-up with. More power to you, Meghna Gulzar.
The gripping narrative and the events that unfold make Talvar a must watch!