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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Toronto: Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming Talvar (named Guilty in international markets) premiered at the ongoing 40th Toronto International Film Festival. Shree Paradkar, Editor of Toronto Star was present at the screening. However, this was not any ordinary experience for her. Paradkar is Aarushi Talwar’s Aunt and she watched her niece’s murder story play out in front of her eyes.

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The ‘Noida double murders’ case became a sensation in the country in 2008 which involved the dual murders of Aarushi Talwar, 13 and the household help Hemraj Banjade, 45. Aarushi’s parents were convicted thereafter and are currently serving a life sentence in jail for the murder of their own daughter.

September 14th welcomed a packed screening of the movie at the film festival. Recalling her experience, Paradkar realized that she was more like her sister Nupur than she thought. She admitted to bracing herself to see a portrayal of Aarushi. However, it was seeing her character alive moments before the murder that was nearly her undoing. She expressed her relief at the fact that the characters and facts shown were not embellished for the sake if dramatization.

The film presents three versions of events as the investigators go through the murder weapons, motives, etc. The only scene that was able to overwhelm her was the one in which a dental clinic assistant slashes Aarushi’s character’s throat. She confesses her complaint with the film regarding only the incompetence shown on the investigators’ part and not their “malice or criminal wrongdoings”.

Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi, Talvar releases in India on October 2.

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Aarushi Talwar Murder Mystery : Vishal Bhardwaj Calls the Verdict a ‘Victory of Cinema’

Vishal Bhardwaj had written and co-produced the Konkona Sharma starer "Talvar" on the murder of the teenage girl from Noida

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Mumbai, October 13, 2017 : Vishal Bhardwaj says because of “Talvar”, which he wrote and co-produced, the Aarushi Talwar murder case and its various investigation theories came to limelight once again. On the acquittal of the teenage girl’s parents in the case, the filmmaker says it’s a victory of cinema.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

 “I think there is no better victory of cinema than this as it has made impact like this and that exactly what we wanted. It is amazing news and we are so happy for the family, and especially the parents, but the saddest part is that we can’t bring back their nine years in which they struggled to get justice. It’s also a big victory of the Indian judicial system,” Vishal Bhardwaj said.
Asked if the film generated any kind of awareness among the audience, Bhardwaj said: “I think because of our film, their case came to limelight at least for some period of time because earlier things which were under surface came into public eye with our film. In the investigation, there were many aspects which were doubtful and in our film, we took neutral stance and we didn’t take anyone’s side.

“We showed what happened in investigation and what proceedings were carried out by both investigating agencies that was Delhi Police and CBI in the film. So in the outcome, it made things pretty clear”

Vishal Bhardwaj was present for the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival here along with actress Konkona Sen Sharma, who acted in the 2015 movie directed by Meghna Gulzar.

Konkona said: “Its fantastic news. It’s really a shame that it took us nine years for their innocence that has been proven. Its tragedy is also that we still don’t know who the killers of Hemraj (house help) and Aarushi are but I am very happy for Talwars.”

Actor Sohum Shah, who also featured in the movie, said in a statement: “Before commencing the shoot, I was very confused and curious about this case. I wanted to know the truth but I didn’t want to create an opinion sitting at home. We tend to make an opinion by seeing the TV or believe loose talk. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to know the truth.

“I am very happy because somewhere or the other they are saved from injustice. I hope that the crimals are caught as soon as possible and the law gives them a harsh punishment.” (IANS)

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