Aarushi murder verdict: ‘Talvar’ director Meghna Gulzar calls it ‘triumph of jus


In an interview in 2015, Vishal Bhardwaj had said that truth is stranger than fiction, referring to the investigation in the Aarushi Talwar double murder case — the 2008 murder was the subject of his production, Talvar. As doctor couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were acquitted of the murder charges by the Allahabad High Court yesterday, the film’s team, including director Meghna Gulzar, views it as their own triumph.

Meghna Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj

When mid-day reached out to Gulzar, she said, “It is a triumph of justice. I can only imagine what the parents must have gone through.” Gulzar added that with her critically acclaimed film, she tried to present a neutral narrative of the case. “I did not do that film to tell the story of a particular side. Our intention all along was to see that all the versions of the case are out in the open. I think this is what has happened in this appeal. The facts and testimonies were examined carefully.”

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar

Bhardwaj echoed Gulzar’s sentiment. “I’m relieved to hear of their acquittal. This strengthens my faith in the Indian judicial system. However, it pains me to think about the precious years lost in prison and the emotional trauma that the parents had to go through, so much so that they couldn’t even mourn their daughter’s demise.” The High Court upheld the Talwars’ appeal against the special CBI court order, which had convicted them in 2013 for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter.

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