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Talvar (2015)

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An experienced investigator confronts several conflicting theories about the perpetrators of a violent double homicide.

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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
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
Pramod Pathak Pramod Pathak ... Prosecutor
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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the movie is Talvar, which means Sword in Hindi/Urdu. Apparently, The story is based on the Real life Murder of Arushi Talwar (Shares the same title). But in the movie, the surname of the victim was Tandon and there was no character named as Talvar. Here Talvar is referred to as the sword of the deity of justice. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Ijaazat (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Shaam Ke Saaye
Performed by Arijit Singh (Vocals)
Lyrics by Gulzar
Guitars: Tushar Parte, Mayukh Sarkar
Flute: Paras Nath
Music composed by Vishal Bhardwaj
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An underwhelming experience!
4 October 2015 | by murtaza_mmaSee all my reviews

All those who compared Talvar with Rashomon clearly don't have a clue what Akira Kurosawa tries to depict in his groundbreaking masterpiece. It must be understood that Kurosawa never makes an attempt to lead the viewer. He just shows us the same event from four different point of views. And he doesn't feed us with lies (Talvar, on the contrary, comes across as a propaganda film), only the different faces of truth. Talvar, on the other hand, is a different ball game. Not that it is bad but one finds it rather difficult to appreciate its desperation as a work of cinema. Everything about the movie looks somewhat forced, as if someone is knocking at the doors of creativity in a hope to conjure up a semblance of realism. A craving for realism in an attempted "Whodunit" is not exactly the best idea.

Neeraj Kabi seems to be missing his mojo (an actor of his caliber deserve meatier caricatures). Konkona Sen too looks a bit out of place. And while Irrfan Khan fails to bring his A-game to the table, his performance nonetheless is the movie's strongest point (his scenes with Tabu, who makes a guest appearance, are quite solid), especially thanks to his characteristic wry humour and wit that offer some comic relief at crucial moments. But even that is a bit forced. Don't believe me? Just consider him (and another character) referring to the Missionary Position as "Dharam Pracharak Aasan" and Pornography as "Ashleel Sahitya" in one of the sequences. Overall, Talvar, given its promise, proves to be an underwhelming experience.

For a detailed analysis of the film, please visit my film blog "A Potpourri of Vestiges".


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