Talvar Movie Review





Release Date: 2 October 2015

Starring: Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi and Sohum Sharma

Directed by: Meghna Gulzar

Produced by: Vishal Bhardwaj and Vineet Jain

Story: Vishal Bhardwaj

Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj

Duration: 2 hours and 12 minutes

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Censor Rating: U/A

About Talvar 

Talvar is based on the real-life story about the dual murder case of 2008 in Noida. The murder of teenager Aarushi Talvar and the servant of the family Hemraj had shocked the entire nation. Five-year long investigation and extensive media coverage, it was a highly controversial case. After six years since the incident took place, the case has been re-opened in theatres with Talvar. Meghna Gulzar’s direction, fine actors like Konkana Sen Sharma and Irrfan Khan appeared to be the pillars of strength for the movie.  Let us see how it turned out to be.


The plot is the same as that of the real incident which took place in 2008. 14-year-old Shruti Tandon (Ayesha Parveen) and the domestic help, Khempal, are found dead in the house. Parents of Shruti, father Ramesh Tandon (Neeraj Kabi) and Nutan Tandon (Konkana Sen Sharma) are considered to be the prime suspects in the murders. Multiple investigations take place handled by three different teams – Noida Police team, headed by DG Gurbachan Singh, Gajraj Rao, and S.P. Shankar Singh; CDI team, headed by Ashwin Kumar (Irrfan Khan); and finally other CDI team, headed by Jai Dixit Kumar (Shishir Sharma). The movie manifolds three different perspectives of investigations and the case. 


The script of the story is the real hero of the film and for this Vishal Bhardwaj definitely deserves applause. The extensive research he has done about the case is evident from the minute details being featured in the film.

Irrfan Khan is as usual at his best; with every other scene he gets more intense in his role and establishes his character brick by brick. He holds the film together throughout.

Konkona and Neeraj have also given their best in portraying the roles of the parents. Sohum Shah, who plays Irrfan’s wingman, has given an excellent performance. All the other supporting actors have done justice to their respective roles.

Tabu made a special appearance in the film and has looked subtle in her role.

Meghna Gulzar, who is back in direction after eight years, has done a tremendous job. She maintains the tension, thrill and mystery throughout the film that is a part of the narrative.


The music album comprises four songs: all composed by Vishal Bhardwaj. In an intense movie like Talvar, one can’t expect loud music. The songs are generally made on a pensive mode and the pairing of Vishal Bhardwaj and lyricist Gulzar scores high in the melodies.

Details of songs in the movie:

1. “Insaaf”

Singer: Arijit Singh

Duration: 03:20

2.“Patli Gali”

Singer: Sukhwinder Singh

Duration: 03:33

3. “Zinda”

Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj

Duration: 04:22

4. “Shaam Ke Saaye”

Singer: Arijit Singh

Duration: 04:43

What’s Good? 

The movie gives a different perspective to the Double Murder Case. We all have followed the Aarushi murder case and the movie shows the investigations and things we were never shown earlier. Sensationalism of the media and the loopholes of the investigations is an eye-opener for many of us. Moreover, no character in the movie is fictitious; the director and the writer have kept the originality intact with real-life characters.

What’s Bad?

As such, nothing at all! The story is strong – well researched and well-featured. The entire team has given their best. The only thing that could have been avoided would be the personal life of Ashwin Kumar, played by Irrfan Khan. Also, the movie is pro-Talwars, and shows them somewhat innocent – which might be disagreed by a section of the audience.


The time and effort devoted on the research is evident in the film. It will show the intricacies that how the police or the CBI teams work in order to get a case solved.

Talvar is a must watch as it is different than the mainstream cinema.

Rating: ***1/2


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