We wanted to get peo­ple talk­ing

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van ■ sneha. ma­hade­van@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Vishal Bhard­waj, the writer of Tal­var, and Priti Sa­hani, the film’s pro­ducer, talk about what went into the mak­ing of the real life docu-drama on the Aarushi Tal­war mur­der mys­tery case.

As pro­duc­ers, this is the first time you have worked to­gether, how was the ex­pe­ri­ence?

VB : Priti is an ex­cel­lent pro­ducer with a nu­anced eye for the medium. She ap­proached me want­ing to make a movie based on true events, I gave her the script of Tal­var. She called a day af­ter, and said, “Let’s do it!”

PS: Vishal is one of the most col­lab­o­ra­tive and open­minded cre­ative tal­ent in the in­dus­try. He is very in­clu­sive. This sub­ject could not have been han­dled so well if it was not for him.

Priti, as a pro­ducer, did you find it chal­leng­ing to take a pro­ject of this scale con­sid­er­ing it was such a high-pro­file case?

PS : It’s a high-pro­file case. We had to be very care­ful in han­dling it, and we didn’t want to sen­sa­tion­alise it. It’s hard to find that bal­ance, be­cause we have not made a film in this space. The other big chal­lenge was in pre­sent­ing it, be­cause most peo­ple had strong opin­ions about the case. So while pre­sent­ing it, we had the dif­fi­cult task of not alien­at­ing the au­di­ence and still chal­leng­ing their pre-con­ceived no­tions.

What kind of re­search did you un­der­take be­fore you started the pro­ject?

VB : We did ex­ten­sive re­search. We met all the con­cerned par­ties – the first CBI team, the par­ents and the sec­ond CBI team. We worked hard to find the ac­tual lo­ca­tions to repli­cate on screen. Meghna (Gulzar; di­rec­tor) also poured over a lot of in­for­ma­tion in the public do­main.

Are you happy with the re­sponse to the film?

VB : The re­sponse has ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tion. We wanted peo­ple to en­gage in a con­ver­sa­tion, and the movie has been suc­cess­ful at that. The movie has been crit­i­cally ac­claimed and has be­come one of the most im­por­tant films of the year.

It’s a high-pro­file case. We had to be very care­ful in han­dling it, and we didn’t want to sen­sa­tion­alise it

Priti Sa­hani, pro­ducer


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