Talvar review: Irrfan Khan and Konkona shine in the gritty realistic drama - Irrfan Khan's new murder mystery, "Talvar," which was released on Oct 2, exposes blatant police inconsistencies in India.
Based on the double murder of 14-year old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year old domestic servant Hemraj Banjade in Noida, India in 2008, director Meghna Gulzar's "Talvar" is a well-researched crime thriller that untangles the botched police investigation that followed.
In the movie, doctors Ramesh (Neeraj Kabi) and Nutan Tandon (Konkona Sen Sharma) found their daughter Shruti dead in bed with her throat slit one morning, and a search for the domestic servant, Khempal, believed to have killed her, quickly ensues.
Shortly after the Noida police's investigation commences, Khempal's dead body is found on the terrace, leading investigators, before examining any proof, to next suspect the parents.
Talvar starts off slow, but picks up the pace and flows well in spite of the innumerable twists and turns that will keep the audience in suspense until the last minute. The movie expose how the politics, media and even the public can fuel the frenzy clouding the truth and leading to a miscarriage of justice.
Not only is the crime scene compromised by the Noida police's initial investigation, but the means to obtain evidence by CBI officer Ashwin Kumar (Irrfan) are questionable at best. For instance, Ashwin uses narco tests - interrogations of suspects under the influence of a psychoactive truth serum - as a means of acquiring proof from his suspects. While Ashwin's proof is ill-gotten, his investigation appears to be headed in the right direction.
Then again, the other CBI investigative team seems to conclude that the parents are guilty of the murder and do everything to find or create proof that will match that account.
He expressed the hope that the film will open up a much-needed discussion about the antiquated British system governing India and the amendments that could make it run more smoothly and prevent absurd results.
Irrfan's character, Ashwin, is based on the real investigating officer who Khan said he had many long sessions with to understand his perspective and what he was to portray.
The filmmakers made a special effort to thoroughly research the case before the shoot happened and went back to add more detail to the film later, Irrfan said.