Talvar (2015)


That was the reaction of the crowd after Talvar ended. Normally, when a movie ends, the chirruping of the crowd can be heard, with people discussing the film, or how they felt. But to this universal phenomenon, Talvar is an exception. I have never seen a cinema hall so quiet, so tense and yet so disturbed. But the disturbance of life caused by Talvar isn’t exterior, but internal. 

Talvar is a film which is constructed with utmost calculation, research and theory that it will make you introspect. It makes you wonder how a very small incident can change the very life of someone in the blink of an eye. 

With it’s edge-of-the-seat thrill, sarcastic one-liners and the emotional roller-coaster it carries the hall on, the viewer can only think of sorrow for the innocent and look at the Indian police force with dismay. The effect of internal politics to someone’s life can go to unimaginable extends, and that is the point of the entire film.

With excellent acting, a screenplay you cannot eat nachos with (you cannot miss a single second of it) and the true face of Indian authorities, Talvar is a case study which is a commentary of the administration and the Judiciary of the nation. 

The sword in the तराज़ू of Justice, has rusted under the palm of those who have forgot to use it, and the message it conveys is that even if someone in the administration can actually do justice to an innocent, the higher authorities may destroy the entire point of justice for personal gains. 

‘Talvar’ fills you with horror, sympathy, disgust and anger (Times of India)

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Irrfan Khan steals the show by becoming that protagonist of the film, which every single member of the audience desires to win. The extent of reality portrayed by actors including Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi and Sohum Shah is beyond excellence. 

The most exciting part of this entire Meghna Gulzar probe into the reality of the most twisted murder case in recent history of India, is the level of correctness of the film. It is accurate at a level beyond film-making or documentation. It is a leak of the innermost secrets of the dark Indian CBI (referred in the film as CDI).

The narrative flow is easing, yet develops exponentially throughout the film and for a fact, you don’t want to miss this movie.

BEST MOMENT–> When the two teams of CBI investigations meet to collaborate. In this scene, the one-liner-logic used by Irrfan leave you laughing but in thought as well.

The very best part of the film is, in the end, once you’re done with the film, ask yourself. What kind of emotion are you going through. If you’re able to answer that, do comment below, because frankly, I still cannot. I am laughing, but cannot point out exactly at what. At the society? At CBI? At the police? At myself? I cannot answer.

For sure, you will find your family discussing it till the next day, the night, the day after that and it will go on and on.

For me, it is a legal petition, made into a film for the world to see and understand.

For its message, some beautiful line I shall quote from the film.

Gardan par hai, karz lahu ka
Gardan dekar hi maaf hoga

Insaaf, insaaf, insaaf hoga

STARS– ****1/2 (4.5)


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