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Tight script, excellent acting, and much to think about in this film based on the horrifying true story of a teenager's murder in a middle-class Delhi enclave and the various miscarriages of justice that followed. The stellar cast is headed by Irrfan Khan, Neeraj Kabi, and Konkona Sen Sharma; Vishal Bhardwaj's script analyzes all the angles. Prepare to be aghast and infuriated.
I was quite disappointed with this one. Despite a polished cast and experienced crew, the film felt disjointed and bumpy. The narrative seemed to be cobbled together in a hurry so the release date could be met. Wasted my time on this one.
Irfan Khan is a masterful actor. He approaches this role with grim humor. As a commentary on recent police work in India, it shows investigative methods to be primitive. Corruption, lack of any work ethic, laziness and compassion for the victims comes through. You don't even get an idea that things will change. That is discouraging.
Terrific movie. Compelling narrative, tightly edited. Neeraj Kabi and Irrfan Khan are particularly fantastic. Definitely worth a watch.
Talvar gives me so many reasons to be thankful for in life, I am sure that it will be the same for many who watch this revelation of a movie. It is especially wrenching to see the parents as they discover the corpse of their only daughter.
Then we find out that this is beginning of more bad things to come. Then your anger intensifies because the police destroy the scene of crime and at the end of the film, the courts decide that a lack of evidence is no reason for dropping the case against the parents and they are promptly ushered to prison. The reason that I am giving you the spoilers is because you must know that the movie is based on real incidents from the Aarushi/Hemraj murders of 2008 and it is not a whodunit but an point of view retelling from the main characters. It also is an honest observation about the law and legal system in India.
Meghna Gulzar take us to the day when the two corpses were found. As soon as the police arrive, the crime scene is contaminated and the police declare it a solved murder mystery. However higher authorities soon realize that the police have botched up the case and they hand it to the Central Department of Investigation. The person handling the case is not interested in the case because he knows it is a mess. Reluctantly he digs deeper....
Talvar reminds us that life as we know it can easily be snatched from us and turned in to a twisted game in an instant.
Almost every Indian has read about the Aarushi/Hemraj case and the many tales, gossip that have floated around. We all have made up our minds and opinions.
The police have made some sensational claims about honor killings, rape, extramarital affairs, swingers parties and made the parents both suspects and fodder for sensationalism. The investigation by CDI is also compromised and shallow.
Meghna Gulzar directs this story with so much courage, and the story is stunning even if you have seen or heard it on the news, a countless times on an endless loop.
The casting is perfect and the known and unknown faces makes this one of the most notable.
Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi -- as Nutan and Ramesh Tandon, the leads have the most difficult role in this film that looks at the murders from different perspectives.
Gajraj Rao, the bumbling amateur, inept and despicable police inspector who singlehandedly botches the investigation is phenomenal. All of the ensemble is perfect in the film and then there is Irrfan Khan, who makes indifference so cool. He is fantastic.
In the end, it is the film that stays with you and then it strikes you that this is not a story it is reality and justice was not served. It will bite you...Release date 2nd October, 2015.
Pretty much a true story. And correctly nails Krishna as the actual murderer. And accurately depicts the Talwars as innocent and a victim of the atrocious Indian system.
Also read the book Aarushi by Avirook Sen.
P.S. I saw it in the theater.
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