Anticipations and expectations were buzzing around filmmaker Meghna Gulzar's 'Talvar', as it's a film based on the notorious Noida Double Murder case of 14 year old Aarushi Talwar and the domestic help of the Talwar family, Hemraj. Does 'Talvar' manage to strike a chord with the audience, let's analyze.
As already mentioned above, 'Talvar' is based on the real life incident of Arushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj's murder in Noida. Irrfan Khan plays CBI chief Ashwin Kumar, child artist Ayesha Parveen plays Shruti Tandon, a character based on Aarushi, Neeraj Kabi plays Ramesh Tandon, a character based on Aarushi's father Rajesh and Konkona Sen Sharma plays Nutan Tandon a character based on Aarushi's mother Nupur. The film tells the story of the double murder of Shruti and the domestic help of the Tandons in one night and the aftermath of the incident including the media outrage and the final verdict on the case.
Coming to terms with the acting part in the film, Irrfan Khan as usual, is at his best. He proves yet again that he is a fine actor and he manages to carry out his character of CBI chief with absolute finesse. Neeraj Kabi who plays Shruti's father and Konkona Sen Sharma who plays her mother, both have managed to do complete justice to their roles. Sohum Shah who plays ACP Vedant Mishra also does a fine job. Tabu has been completed wasted in the film, as she does not have much to do and her role was also totally needless. Rest of the supporting cast are okay.
Cinematography of the film is good though there is nothing very special to mention about it. Editing too is quite commendable as the film does not get too stretchy and manages to keep you hooked throughout without boring you. Nothing much can be said about the music of the film as there are hardly any songs in the film and the two songs which are there are not very special either.
Meghna Gulzar's direction is commendable as 'Talvar' is a pretty well made film and might manage to strike a chord with the audience who like realistic films. But to be honest, the film might not be able to do the same with audience who like masala entertainers and hence we would say that 'Talvar' is a strict no-no for the masala flick fans. We are going for a two and a half stars for 'Talvar'.