Talvar (Movie Review)

Suhail Umrani alias Raj

This film is based on a real-life incident of the 2008 Noida Double Murder Case in India. A fourteen-year-old girl was murdered in her apartment, and on the other hand, her family's elderly servant was killed. Meghna Gulzar took charge alongside Vishal Bhardwaj for sketching this drama on the silver screen. They researched for almost two years, and their hard work and dedication paid off rightly.

Talvar or sword was internationally released in 2015, and the film earned well for business, and it was critically acclaimed. This film received positive reviews from critics for its narration, depiction, and performances.

Talvar is a Hindi drama thriller depicted by Meghna Gulzar, and Vishal Bhardwaj has penned its plot. Mr. Bhardwaj is the producer of the film, too, alongside Vineet Jain.

The film's plot revolves around the investigation and reinvestigation of the double murder case that never ends, and the puzzle seems to be unsolved until the story ends.

Two diverse investigative officers come up with different theories regarding the case. However, both investigation officers are well experienced and highly decorated cops; however, their assumptions are very diverse. One narration says that servants of the family are involved in both murders, and the contrary second idea finds parents guilty.

The film reminds us of the difference between law and justice, judiciary's slow-paced proceedings; it also narrates the incompetency and corruption system in public institutions. Media trials of this case are not the major part of the film, but in our system, investigations roll on media reports too, and to some extent, it happened in this case.


Irrfan Khan plays as Ashwin Kumar, an investigation officer. His presence at large scale makes a complete package film, especially when Meghna Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj are equally associated with the same project. His sense of humor and comic timing is stunning; his dialogue delivery and discomfort with Tabu is quite appealing. Tabu plays a cameo in the film, but she lasts her landmark.

Neeraj Kabi and Konkona Sen Sharma in the roles of parents seem believable as cinema-goers are well familiar with the acting skills of Neeraj Kabi and Konkona Sen Sharma. They both are doctors by profession in the film. Neeraj's encounters with local police, with investigative teams, are watchable, and on the other hand, Ms. Sharma's performance as a broken and shattered mother is engaging and gives you goosebumps.

Sohum Shah, as an emerging investigative officer of the CDI team, leaves his impact with his impactful performance that proves him the right choice for the role. From his companionship with Khan to disloyalty, you enjoy every bit of the drama. How he changes the mode to get promoted is an example of reality, and this is nicely written and performed. Gajraj, in the role of a lazy cop who always chews a Paan, also did justice with his role among other performers.

The climax sets the tone of the gripping story, and as an audience, you take away your assumption or belief regarding this incident. This example is the same as one sees it as number nine (9) from one angle, and on the other hand, someone else can assume it as six (6).

This film is a must-watch, and I give this movie 4.5 stars out of 5.

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