Yes, it does look as if ‘Rahasya’ is ‘inspired’ by the Arushi Talwar case. At least when it starts. But soon enough, the plot takes you away from the murder-of-the-teenage-girl-in-her-bedroom which grabbed the nation’s headlines, and refused to go away. It then becomes an Agatha Christie-like whodunit, focusing almost completely on a walnut-chewing, I-am-so-brainy sleuth and his escapades.
The story may have been deliberately muddled because the case is still on. But the result is a film that has only a couple of dark moments. The rest is an attempted mish-mash of a crime-of-coiled-passion- cum-police procedural, the confusion only serving to confound.
A doctor couple (Ashish Vidyarthi and Chopra) discover their only daughter (Sakshi Sem) murdered, her throat slashed, and a blood-stained shirt in the garbage. The needle of suspicion points to the father, and then moves to take in others : a couple which lives across the devastated parents who claim they are close friends ; the girl’s boyfriend who has since vanished ; the male house help who has also disappeared ; the old-time housekeeper (Ashwini Kalsekar) who may have a twisted motive or two, of her own.
Once the CBI inspector (Kay Kay Menon) shows up, he takes over the film. He races about, chasing suspects, interrogating them : all in all having a busy time of it. The dead girl slips off, the suspense slides, and what shows up is an inability to do a taut edge-of-the-seat murder mystery that ‘Rahasya’ set out to be.