Talvar (Movie) Review

“Talvar,” written by Vishal Bhardwaj and directed by Meghna Gulzar, is based on a real-life murder case involving the deaths of a 14-year-old girl and a male servant.

Inspector Dhaniram and his team, who conducted the initial investigation, failed to notice evidence or contaminated it. The film satirizes the media for their overly excited reporting to capture viewers’ interest. Soon, Ashwin Kumar takes over the case. The movie presents different versions of the killings from the viewpoint of various suspects. The film’s ending delivers a poignant impact on our hearts. Once again, read more about “Talvar.” Personally, I feel this film does justice to the real-life incident but sadly, can do nothing about raising awareness and eliciting empathy. An intriguing original story, fantastic performances, and superb direction make the film outstanding.

An Intense Journey Worth Revisiting

The movie is not a thriller but a compelling drama with realistic feelings. The incredible script by Vishal Bhardwaj, along with terrific direction, contributes to the movie’s success. Special kudos to Meghna Gulzar, who has an interesting eye for capturing emotions, creating an atmosphere of unease and uncertainty. “Talvar” stands as a Bollywood masterpiece.

The final moments of the movie are tense, on the verge of uneasy watching, leaving you as helpless and desperate as Shruti’s father, Ramesh Tandon, and her mother, Nutan Tandon. The soundtrack gracefully navigates through the film, well-timed at crucial scenes. The soundtrack’s excellence, with a blend of usual tempo and ambient tracks perfectly timed and synced to the story, adds to the overall experience. There is enough to keep you engaged, and the ending is truly amazing.

A Praise for “Talvar’s” Acting Brilliance

Konkana Irfan Talvar

It is hard to lavish enough praise on the acting displayed here, especially by everyone, notably Irrfan Khan. He portrays the character with a genuinely sinister edge. You’ll come to appreciate the actors, music, and the stunning visuals even more upon the second viewing after becoming familiar with the story.

“Talvar” delivers in a way few films have in many years, leaving you walking away from the theatre pondering the significance of the film. It almost unveils the dark side of India’s criminal justice system and the prejudices of those who run it, as well as the dark side of life itself. This intense film is undoubtedly worth more than one viewing—worth every minute of your time. Crafted with the finesse of a true professional.

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