Talvar Movie Review
- Directed by Meghna Gulzar
- Release dates Friday 02 October, 2015
- Running time 2 hours 12 minutes
In 2008, the Aarushi Talwar murder case caught everyone’s attention. The media had a field day while the police were under pressure to nail the guilty.It is super-sharp, a sword swipe at Bollywood’s song-and-dance, mehendi-fuelled escapism. Talvar takes reality head on – and turns it on its head.
The film begis with the outgoing police commissioner coaxing his subordinate, Ashwin (Irrfan Khan) to handle the Shruti Tandon (Ayesha Parveen) murder case. Even though he is reluctant to do so, the case is forced upon him. The story moves to flashback mode where the prime accused are Shruti’s parents, Ramesh (Neeraj Kabi) and Nutan (Konkona Sen Sharma). After thorough investigations, what seemed like an open and shut case becomes a complex issue for the cops. The movie also shows us the working of the police force and how things are mishandled.
Talvar’s biggest strength the is the screenplay, which keeps you hooked to the screen. The acting is superb. Irrfan absolutely smashes it as Central Department of Investigation (CDI) officer Ashwin Kumar, whose sharp intelligence, dark humour and melting tenderness towards his wife Reema (luminous Tabu) light up every frame. Irrfan displays whiplash-like control, casually drawling to a dim-witted cop.Director Meghna Gulzar can finally be forgiven for giving us Filhaal and Just Married.
Talvar presents contrasting views on who killed Shruti Tandon and Khempal. Was it Shruti’s outraged parents? Khempal’s outrageous friends? Or did botched investigations butcher Shruti and Khempal, even after they were slain?
Talvar makes for a gripping and deeply disturbing film, largely thanks to the nature of the crime, but also because of the true to life style of narration, devoid any excess melodrama. The film grips you right from the beginning and doesn’t let you get away even for a second.
If you are planning to catch a film during this long weekend then Talvar should be your first choice.
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