Private screening for Talwars’ kin could end dispute over film on case, says High Courthttps://indianexpress.com/article/mumbai/private-screening-for-talwars-kin-could-end-dispute-over-film-on-case-says-high-court/

Private screening for Talwars’ kin could end dispute over film on case, says High Court

The Talwars, who were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of their daughter and domestic help Hemraj, had opposed the film’s release.

Rajesh & Nupur Talwar have objected to the release of Rahasya, which is reportedly based on the case. Express archive
Rajesh & Nupur Talwar have objected to the release of Rahasya, which is reportedly based on the case. Express archive

The Bombay High Court Monday remarked that a private screening of ‘Rahasya’ — a film reportedly based on Arushi murder case — before a family member of Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, would put an end to the issue.

The Talwars, who were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of their daughter and domestic help Hemraj, had opposed the film’s release.

They had claimed that the film would affect the proceedings of their appeal against conviction before the Allahabad High Court and earlier urged a division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Anil Menon to allow one of their relatives to see the film.

On Monday, advocate Neha Mehta and another lawyer appearing for the Talwars told the court that they were not being “unreasonable” as the case against Talwars was sub judice. “Whether a few facts (in the film) are separate or alike, (film’s) release will hamper the case. That is why we want a screening.”

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The Talwars have contended that going by the film’s marketing and interviews of actors to the press, the film seems to be based on the murder case and therefore the movie would affect the case.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and producers of the film informed the court that they did not have any objection with the petitioner’s lawyer being present at the private screening before the film’s release. The producers, however, said they would have to take further instructions whether to allow a family member along with the lawyer or not.

The lawyers for the Talwars informed the court that they were willing to give an assurance that the details of the film would not be released to the media. The bench posted the hearing on Thursday.The CBFC, had on March 5, informed the High Court that the film was a “fictitious suspense thriller”.

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