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Talvar (2015)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 October 2015 (USA)
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An experienced investigator confronts several conflicting theories about the perpetrators of a violent double homicide.

Director:

Meghna Gulzar

Writers:

Vishal Bhardwaj, Aditya Nimbalkar (associate writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Irrfan Khan ... Ashwin Kumar
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Nutan Tandon
Neeraj Kabi ... Ramesh Tandon
Sohum Shah ... ACP Vedant Mishra
Atul Kumar Atul Kumar ... Paul
Gajraj Rao ... Inspector Dhaniram
Prakash Belawadi ... Ramashankar Pillai
Shishir Sharma ... JK Dixit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sakshi Bhatia Sakshi Bhatia ... Reporter #2
Purnendu Bhattacharya ... Forensic Expert
Vijay Kumar Dogra Vijay Kumar Dogra ... Kanahiya' brother in low
Sumit Gulati Sumit Gulati ... Kanhaiya
Kiran Khoje ... Basanti (Tandon's Maid)
Somen Mishra Somen Mishra ... Reporter
Alisha Parveen Alisha Parveen ... Shruti Tandon
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Storyline

The story revolves around the mysterious murder cases of a 14-year girl, Shruti and the domestic help, Khempal who worked at her place. The film is based on the real life Noida Double Murder Case of 2008, where the parents were said to be the prime suspects of the murders. The film showcases three perspectives to the case which emerge as the investigation moves forward.

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Culpa Declarada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,713, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$342,370, 30 October 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In October 2017, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi Talwar on which the film is based, got acquitted by the Allahabad High Court. See more »

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While the story begins in 2008, soon after the murder, a Fluidic Verna car is seen in a scene. This car was launched in 2011. Similarly, in one scene, a Honda City is seen driving behind the police jeep. The latest version of Honda City was launched in 2014. See more »

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References Permission (1987) See more »

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Talvar - Original Backround Score
Music Programmer/Arranger: Dipanjan Guha
Sarangi: Dilshad Khan
Guitar & Rabab: Chintoo Singh Vasir (as Chintoo Singh)
Music composed by Vishal Bhardwaj
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This Irrfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma thriller is dreadfully ENGAGING
1 October 2015 | by sohompramanickSee all my reviews

Vishal Bharadwaj and Meghna Gulzar called Talvar as the fictional representation of the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case but the way it is shot and executed you would believe it's for real. The film gives you a feeling that Gulzar has researched the case really well. Never ever will you feel there is a snag. The best part about the film is it doesn't waste time in establishing a happy family before to show the loss. It gets straight to the point and starts from the morning Shruti's body is found. The script is water-tight so much so that we get engrossed in it right from the first frame.

Of course, it is a film which shows Talwar's side of the case, throwing light on how they were implicated in the case but never ever does it falsely make you root for them. It also opens our eyes on the fact that things like Narco tests are conducted on the accused even though they are not admissible in court. So even if you manage to get a confession out of them, they are almost redundant.

But the clincher is the cast. Such a film with an intense whodunit tale needs actors who can do justice to it. With the likes of Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Navin Kabi and others, Gulzar had made sure people don't get disturbed by the histrionics but by the proceedings. Even the supporting cast from a small role to a substantial one, everyone was just PERFECT!

Even if you have a whole lot to do this weekend, make a point to watch this film. I bet you haven't seen a better whodunit in recent times in Indian Cinema.


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