Cast: Irfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi
Director: Meghana Gulzar
After a long interlude of eight years, Meghana is back with a crime thriller inspired by the 2008 Arushi murder case. She had always picked a sensitive realm for her movies, which she continued this time as well.
Talvar is a minor marvel, an amalgam of riveting yet attune drama inspired by real-life murder case which was astray in the perplexed web of insinuations, facts, hearsay, and fiction.
It’s a classic cliffhanger with strenuously eagle-eyed police procedurals who brought together different facets of this whodunit mystery. It has a mature tint with insightful of urban India’s garotte mob and the curious media who hop on instant conclusions on culpability and criminality. The story of the movie is based on true events, however, some parts of this flick have been given a twist and turns to keep the hold on the narration.
The movie sermons emotional and social issues from the double murder case of Arushi and family’s manservant Hemraj, which raises many suasive questions. It tenuously critics the media culture which thrives obscenity and prejudice the judgment which is yet to be announced.
The screenplay is written by Vishal Bhardwaj, who knows and is an ace on how to hold the grip on the story as his puissant screenplay is embraced with clever wits and the subdued stress.
Ashwin Kumar (Irfan Khan), one of the prime character and the chief investigating officer of this murder case is called to retrieve the investigation which was misconstrued by the police force who were keen to shut the case. You’ll also see Tabu, she is a cynical and frustrated wife of Irfan’s character and wants to leave him.
Neeraj Kabi and Konkana Sen Sharma are portraying the role of parents who are entailed in the pain of losing their daughter and the blame of murder of their daughter. Both were quite convincing in their character. Even the small characters of cops were also quite intriguing, such as Atul Kumar playing Hindi spouting investigator, Soham Shah playing Ashwin Kumar’s assistant and Gajraj Rao as paan chewing inspector have played their part well. But the one who sway away the spotlight is Irfan. He plays effortlessly and when he is in the frame you are not going to see anybody but him.
For all thriller-lovers, this is a must watch and till now it’s one of the finest movie of the year.