- 2 hr 12 min
Talvar is a 2015 Indian Hindi language drama film directed by Meghna Gulzar and written by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, in which a teenage girl and her family's servant were found murdered and her parents were convicted for the crime. The movie stars Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Neeraj Kabi in the lead roles.
The film follows the story of a similar case that involves the murder of a 14 year old girl and a male servant in an affluent neighborhood in Delhi. The case is initially investigated by the local police and they quickly apprehend the girl's father as the primary suspect. However, due to rising pressure from the public and the media, the case is transferred to a more experienced team of detectives.
The new team, headed by Ashwin Kumar (played by Irrfan Khan), takes over the case and starts investigating the crime scene from scratch. As they dive deeper into the case, they uncover a web of lies and deceit from the initial investigation which puts the innocent parents in jail.
Through multiple flashbacks and different perspectives, the movie explores the different theories and possibilities that could have led to the murders. The movie highlights the flaws in the Indian justice system, the role of media in shaping public opinion and how prejudice and bias can lead to wrong judgments.
The performances of the lead actors are outstanding as they bring to life the various characters involved in the case. Irrfan Khan as the head investigator delivers a nuanced and restrained portrayal of a man who is determined to bring justice to the case. Konkona Sen Sharma as the mother of the murdered girl shows her acting prowess with her vulnerability and emotional depth. Neeraj Kabi as the father and prime suspect portrays a man whose sanity is slowly slipping away from him.
The movie's direction is taut and keeps the audience engaged throughout the length of the film. The screenplay is well written, exploring the different angles around the case and highlighting the complexities of the Indian justice system. The movie's cinematography showcases the stark urban landscape of Delhi and sets an eerie tone for the story.
Overall, Talvar is a masterfully crafted movie that delves into one of the most controversial and sensational murder cases in recent Indian history. With themes of corruption, bureaucracy, media trial, and social prejudices, the movie offers a powerful commentary on the Indian justice system and the power of the media in shaping public opinion. Recommended for fans of both true-crime and courtroom dramas.
Talvar is a 2015 thriller with a runtime of 2 hours and 12 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.