“TALVAR” is poignant, sharp and gritty but inconsistently gripping!
Effectively narrating the account of the highly sensational Noida double murder case of 2008, the film features a starkly realistic screenplay, backed by terrific performances. While it’s deeply affecting, it is not consistently riveting. Nevertheless, a must watch!
It is a fictional dramatization of true life events revolving around the Arushi Talwar murder case investigation.
The key highlight of this film is its unfeigned narrative that seems authentic from start till the end. The incident still resonates in the minds of the public, as there is no sense of closure in the case despite a guilty verdict - the parents of the murdered girl have been sentenced to life for killing her. And the investigation sequences are shown deftly, without the unwarranted overplay. But the sense of absorption that you should’ve experienced, is somehow missing. Withal, the writing by Vishal Bhardwaj and treatment by Director Meghna Gulzar oozes dexterity.
The high point of the film is the scene just before the climax, where the existing and previous CBI teams ponder over the facts of the case, mocking each other’s attempts and also the sheer irony of the events and the people involved, both in the victim house and the investigation. Highly pleasing are these 15 odd minutes. However, I still felt, the film lacked the engagement levels that could’ve further raised the product’s appeal. The visual settings look correct and the narrative is sure-footed. The background score too is apt.
Boasting of power packed performances by Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi, the film is a treat for the informed audiences. You also see Tabu in a small role. These performances alone give you a high, notwithstanding the small flaws that the film bears. All other actors are terrific.
In all, TALVAR is a film that should not be missed. It might not be the masala potboiler that you’d normally expect, but is definitely a keen portrayal of the whodunit.

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