After the massive success of ‘Talvar’, which was based on the sensational Arushi Talwar murder case, the makers are eyeing the second installment. Irrfan Khan’s intense performance and Meghna Gulzar’s direction created a wave in India in ‘Talvar’. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that somewhere the movie did make an impact on the verdict of the case.
Based on the 2008 murder, ‘Talvar’ was a story of 14-year-old Aarushi and her domestic help Hemraj who were found dead, which formed the main angle of various sub-plots of the crime. This incident has been in news over the years. The trial of the case led to the life sentence of Aarushi’s dentist parents – Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar. However, in 2017 the Allahabad High Court acquitted the parents after nine-long years.
Converting it into a franchise, now we have ‘Talvar 2’ in the works. Written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the movie will be based on the Gurugram school murder case. A mention of it still sends shivers down the spine.
The premises of the screenplay will revolve around a 7-year-old who was brutally killed in the premises of the school and the prime accused was a school senior. This incident took place last September at Ryan International School, Gurugram where Pradyuman Thakur, a class 2 student was found dead with his throat slit inside the restroom.
Talking about the film to a leading daily, Vishal Bhardwaj said “Talvar was about much more than the heinous crime itself, the film held up a mirror to society and exposed several loopholes in the system. Such crimes shake the very moral fabric of society and need to be analysed in a much deeper sense. The world is not just black and white, there’s more to a crime than just victim and perpetrator. That’s why we have decided to continue making true crime procedurals like Talvar.
“Our journey on Talwars more than just a film for us. It is a telling example of how big screen stories, when handled honestly and sensitively, have the power to alter the lives of people associated with the real incident. We are excited to embark on our vision of compelling storytelling, yet again with Vishal Bharadwaj, and taking the Talvar franchise forward,” told Priti Shahani, from Junglee Pictures to TOI.
‘Talvar’ was shot in a Rashomon-esque storytelling pattern where the incident was shown again and again from different perspectives, leaving an open platform for viewers to decide whom they should believe.
And now with Vishal helming ‘Talvar 2’, we are already looking forward to the film.