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 teenaged 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," Bhardwaj said here.
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"
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 (househelp) 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."