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Dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, who were awarded life term by a UP court in November 2013 for the 2008 murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the release of Manish Gupta's Rahasya.
The Talwars claimed in their plea that the movie is based on "distorted facts surrounding the gruesome death" of their daughter.
Defending the film, 19-year old Sakshi Sen, who is the lead actor of the film, told Mirror, "Rahasya is not based on the Aarushi murder case per se. So, I don't understand the Talwars' objection to the film. It doesn't end with Kay Kay, who plays my father, being convicted for the murder. The actress playing my mother is not an accused."
The Talwars sent a legal notice to Gupta and UVI Films Production Ltd on February 17 demanding a private screening.
When they did not receive a response from the other side, the Talwars approached the Bombay HC. They have also challenged the Central Board of Film Certification?s decision to clear the film.
For his part, Gupta said that his film is a suspense drama about a father accused of murdering his daughter and is not based on Talwars and their tragedy.
"The story is fictitious and it follows a CBI investigator (Kay Kay Menon) as he tries to discover who was actually responsible for it. I never ever said that it is based on the true Delhi incident," he said.