Talvar is a 2015 Bollywood murder mystery thriller film written and directed by Meghna Gulzar. The film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, in which a teenage girl and her family servant were found murdered, and her parents were convicted for the murders.
Talvar Movie Story
The film starts off with an introduction of Inspector Ashwin Kumar at the annual function of India’s premier police investigating agency, the Central Department of Investigation (CDI). At the function (1 April 2008), his senior officers hand him over a double murder case.On the night of 15-16 March 2008, Shruti Tandon (Ayesha Parveen), a 14-year girl is found dead at her home in Sameer Vihar of Noida, by her parents Ramesh (Neeraj Kabi) and Nutan (Konkona Sen Sharma).Initially, they seek the missing servant Khempal.
Khempal’s decomposed body is found on the terrace of the building in which the Tandons live.Kanhaiya tells the police that Ramesh Tandon might have been involved in an extra-marital affair, and Khempal might have been involved in a relationship with Shruti. The CDI team is led by detective Ashwin Kumar (Irrfan Khan) and Inspector Vedant (Soham Shah).
Kumar holds contempt for the sloppy first responders who botched the initial crime-scene investigation. He believes the parents to be innocent. His team uses narco tests, attempting to prove that the assistant and his two accomplices committed the murders. he officially exonerates the parents, and Ramesh Tandon is released from the jail. On 9 July 2008, CDI hands over the case to a new probe team, which refocuses the investigation on the parents as the suspects. On 15 March, the Tandons file a protest plea opposing CDI’s report. On 25 March, the judge rejects the closure report and makes the parents an accused in the case. The trial begins on 8 June 2012. In the final act, rival camps with opposing hypotheses then make their cases before a judge. The Tandons are convicted for the murders on 26 November 2013.
Talvar’ is a difficult film to watch because we know all along that we are not in some fictitious la-la land; we are in Noida, where the killings took place, and the events that unfold have a distinct ring of reality. The film– part police procedural, part crime drama– is as real as a constructed-for-the-camera document can be, with its portrayal of the professional rivalries between the investigating teams, and insatiable media persons. Despite its flaws, ‘Talvar’, which rhymes so closely with ‘Talwar’, is a brave film that devastates. Read More…
Talvar is a pro-Talwar film. There is a very subtle undertone to the narrative that paints Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi who have been convicted in the double murder case, as victims of insensitive investigators and the judicial system in our country. Talvar is an intriguing and gripping thriller and boasts of brilliant performances, witty dialogues and much more. You should definitely not miss this one. Read More…
All said and done, there are those moments where the pace of the largely-gripping narrative slackens. The numerous POVs and the actors playing the same sequences, again, gives the viewer a sense of deja vu. Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar is a disturbing revisiting of the Aarushi-Hemraj murders, one that might just see the public memory digging the remnants of the case out from the depths of oblivion. In all, Talvar needs to be watched, for its performances among other things. Read More…
The Times Of India
Talvar’s compared to Rashomon but while that wandered through forests of fantasy, Talvar boldly tackles reality. It offers totally different takes on two murders. But it is unambiguous about a third – fairness, slashed to pieces by incompetence and callous crassness.In wiping away stains from the sword of justice, Talvar shines Read More…
One of the high points of Talvar is a long climactic sequence in which two investigating teams sit across a table and have a go at each other as they strive, with no holds barred, to get their respective points across. The free-for-all sums up the depths of absurdity that matters can sink to when the truth has many faces. No matter which of the faces of truth the audience takes away from the film, its importance as a mirror of our times is unlikely to diminish in any way.Talvar is a must watch. Read More…
Talvar Movie Review | Irrfan Khan
Talvar is a different kind a stuff, you get a new experience after watching the Talvar. Irrfan played a real role in the movie! Must watch atleast One Time!