Tal­var direc­tor: It’s a tri­umph of jus­tice

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT NEW DELHI, OCT. 12

The Aarushi mur­der case re­mains one of the most in­trigu­ing mur­der cases in re­cent times. The sen­sa­tional case has gen­er­ated a lot of con­tro­versy and had vir­tu­ally di­vided the pub­lic opin­ion.

The story which had gripped the na­tion had also gen­er­ated a book Aarushi by Avi­rook Sen and a movie Tal­var by film­mak­ers Vishal Bhard­waj and Meghna Gulzar. Both the book and the movie in­ci­den­tally raised ques­tions on the con­vic­tion of the Tal­war cou­ple and also the shoddy in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der­taken by the coun­try’s premier agen­cies.

Mr Sen’s book com­bined in­ter­views and an ex­am­i­na­tion of doc­u­ments to come up with an ac­count that re­veals the ap­a­thy preva­lent in the In­dian ju­di­cial sys­tem. Apart from high­light­ing the shoddy and in­sen­si­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Ut­tar Pradesh po­lice and the CBI, the book also pointed out the in­sen­si­tiv­ity of the ju­di­ciary and the ap­palling bad luck of the Tal­wars.

While the movie presents var­i­ous ac­counts of the case, which dif­fer­ently por­tray the par­ents as guilty or in­no­cent.

Film­mak­ers Vishal Bhard­waj and Meghna Gulzar, the duo be­hind the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed

Jus­tice de­layed is not jus­tice de­nied. Over­whelmed and deeply re­lieved upon hear­ing the news of the ac­quit­tal. — Vishal Bhard­waj, Film­maker

Tal­var on the 2008 mur­der case, on Thurs­day hailed the Al­la­habad high court ver­dict.

Bhard­waj was the pro­ducer and the writer of the 2015 thriller, while Meghna di­rected the movie that pre­sented al­ter­na­tive nar­ra­tives of what hap­pened on the night of May 16, 2008, when Aarushi was found mur­dered in her Noida home.

“Jus­tice de­layed is NOT jus­tice de­nied. Over­whelmed and deeply re­lieved upon hear­ing the news of the ac­quit­tal. #AarushiVer­dict #Tal­wars,” Bhard­waj tweeted.

While speak­ing in Mum­bai, Meghna called the ver­dict a “tri­umph of jus­tice”.

“I just feel that the truth has fi­nally pre­vailed. It is a tri­umph of jus­tice. I can only imag­ine what the par­ents must have gone through,” she told

Bhard­waj, in a state­ment, said they faced a lot of ques­tions while mak­ing the movie.

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