Fri. May 24th, 2024

An all too familiar and much discussed twin murder case of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj gets a cinematic adaptation. Meghna Gulzar presents and tracks the investigation through a drama in Talvar.The film is gripping and narrates how the case was handled, how various versions of murder was discussed in the media and where it ultimately ended without anything coming out of the case inspite of multiple investigating team of Central Department of Investigation (CDI replacing CBI in the film) handling the case including the initial probe by the Police department.

On one fine morning Shruthi ( based on Aarushi) daughter of Dr.Tandons ( based on Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar) is found murdered in her bedroom. As fingers were pointing towards their domestic help Khemlal who was found missing, his dead body is also found on top of the apartment leading the case to be a confusing but interesting one. The film revolves around the investigation by different official team with each team coming up with different theories to the reason behind the crime.

The film gets a nice build up and the drama that unfold has been presented very well by Meghna and her team. Very little cinematic liberties have been taken as a realistic approach is followed eventhough the genre is investigative drama based on true incidents. That means you could find very little or no cliches that you see from such films.

Backed by a solid and tight screenplay doing justice as best it can to the true incident that shook the nation, Talvar have not compromised on anything. We could easily make out why the investigation didn’t get a finishing touch. The way the investigation begins from the police where they could have closed out things but due to the lethargic and irresponsible way it was done was depicted clearly.

Irrfan Khan as the investigating officer Ashwin Kumar was an excellent casting. He was more or less at his best in his usual trademark style. Watch him in that final debate where he has gone a step further to make it lively. Neeraj Kabi and Konkona Sen Sharma are the Tandons and they excelled in their respective roles. The guy who portrayed the domestic help Kanhaiyya, Prakash Belawadi as the outgoing CDI director, Inspector who did the initial enquiry were the impressive actors from the supporting cast. Could not understand the reason for the presence of Tabu and the brief reference of the marital relationship of Ashwin Kumar and his wife.

Though Talvar follow a realistic and documentary styled narrative, at no point does the film goes to an uninteresting level and instead provide an intriguing watch on how the murder mystery was investigated, thanks to its brilliant and tight screenplay. I go with four out of five for Talvar and my bottom line comment for the movie is “a well crafted movie that deserves a watch”

Review By : Chandra Mohan

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