Star Cast: Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Ayesha Parveen, Shishir Sharma, Prakash Belawadi, Gajraj Rao, Sumit Gulati, Atul Kumar, Sohum Shah and Tabu.
Director: Meghna Gulzar.
Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj and Vineet Jain.
Claps for: Story, Screenplay, Direction, Dialogues, Editing and Performances.
Slaps for: NOTHING.
What’s New: Doesn’t force its views on the audience.
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval.
Story: The Aarushi-Hemraj murder case is shown here in a different light with both the sides of the story- One says that the servant’s friends killed them; the second theory suggests that it was honor killing done by the parents.
‘Talvar’ shows how everyone has their own point of view regarding this murder and how it affects or botches up the investigation.
Performances:Irrfan Khan proves yet again why he is one of the best actors of the country. He is a delight to watch as the sharp and intelligent CDI officer who loves to play games on his phone, crack witty liners, and fight with his wife showing the little love he still has for her. No one could have portrayed this role, with the required maturity, better than Irrfan.
Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi keep it natural, letting their eyes do all the talking than their dialogues. The way they change their expressions and give both the theories of murder their own take is lovely. They can act like the parents in distress, and can also look cunning and deceptive at the same time.
Gajraj Rao is a treat to watch as the pan-chewing and lazy police officer who does provide a little insight to the case.
Sohum Shah to Irrfan Khan is what Rajkummar Rao was to Aamir Khan in ‘Talaash’.
Sumit Gulati with his innocent boy looks and sly smile also does a good job.
Prakash Belawadi leaves an impact during the last few minutes of the movie.
Shishir Sharma too has done a good job and manages to bring the twist in the story.
Atul Kumar has done a commendable job in the little but important role given to him. He too manages to provide humor.
And not forget, Tabu is there in the movie too! She has always been a treat to watch, especially when paired opposite Irrfan.
Direction: A wonderfully planned film! It’s a sheer delight to see a murder mystery which is based on true events yet dares to be different and thought-provoking. Yes, while murder mysteries get away with just revealing in the end who the real murderer is, this one gives a different take to the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. Director Meghna Gulzar makes sure to keep the movie a light one with funny one-liners every now and then rather than making it a dark and intense one. And how brilliantly she and her team succeed in aptly showing both the theories regarding this murder, letting each to differ vastly from each other yet co-exist.
Characterizations are strong, and the minute details that have been paid attention to, make it a visual treat! She could have easily taken a rather melodramatic and emotional route but she keeps it straight and simple.
Plus, there is not a single dull scene in the movie; as it goes on with its pace along with crisp editing. The final debate that happens is worth watching, as it not only enlightens one about how the case was handled but also will surely leave everyone in splits. She truly deserves a standing ovation.
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Suspense
Verdict: We give it THUNDEROUS CLAPS for daring to be different.