The Aarushi Talwar double-murder case that rocked the nation in 2008 continues to remain an unsolved mystery. While many theories have been floated around offering explanations to what could have possibly happened that fateful night when Aarushi and Talwar’s domestic servant Hemraj were murdered, Bollywood is now ready to showcase its first official take of the case.
Vishal Bhardwaj penned and Meghna Gulzar directed next, Talvar will offer three different versions of the case from different point of views.
“The story is not my version of what could have happened. When we started researching, we found bizzare and contradictory things that we thought needed to be told through the film. Just like the film Rashomon which has three point of views of murder, this film too has three different versions. We have left it open ended for the audience to interpret.”
Meghna Gulzar, who has helmed the film, called it a challenging venture to direct. “It felt like stepping out of the familiar zone and that is what was exicitng. The only unnerving aspect was dealing with the characters in the movie because somewhere down the line we knew that these characters also have a real life person alive out there.”
Irrfan Khan, who plays the role of the prime investigator, refused to see the film as a controversial one.
“I don’t understand why we have to call the story controversial. As human beings, we have to find our own truth. We shouldn’t be so gullible so as to let go off the opportunity of finding our own truth. I signed the film because there is a compelling and emotional story here and a mystery which we want our audience to dwell into.”
Konkona Sen Sharma, who essays the lead role of onscreen Nupur Talwar, said that she didn’t have to do much research of her own as Meghna (director) had made everything available to her.
Neeraj Kabi, who plays Rajesh Talwar said: “The brief given to me was not to copy the real life character. Also the film presents multiple versions of the same story leaving it open to the audience to interpret.”
Curiously, Vishal told us that he had not obtained the consent of the Talwars before making the film. When asked about the possibility of them (Talwars) being distressed after the release of the movie which is based on their slain daughter’s life, Vishal said: “They are already distressed with them being in jail and case going on.”
Despite claiming to have exhaustively researched on the case by talking to different investigators and others acquainted with the matter, Vishal refused to give his personal opinion on who according to his research the possible killers could be.