This was one case that left the country shocked to the core. When, after months of investigation by the police and the CBI, a special CBI court in Ghaziabad announced its verdict in the Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj double-murder case. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, a doctor-couple from Noida, were sentenced with life term after the special CBI court found them guilty of murdering their only daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj.
Nupur and Rajesh challenged the verdict and the matter reached high court. Today, more than nine years after Aarushi and Hemraj's death, the Allahabad High Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in the double-murder case. Aarushi and Hemraj were found murdered at the Talwars' Sector 25, Noida residence on May 16, 2008.
AARUSHI IN BOLLYWOOD
In the years that have elapsed in between, even with the case being sub-judice, the Hindi film industry did not shy away from making films on the subject.
The more famous among the two films on the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case is October 2015's Talvar, and the other one is Rahasya, that released in January 2015.
Both the films tried to adapt the case according to the filmmakers' understanding of it. None of the two films, of course, could show a conclusion on screen. The open-ended films mostly tried to focus on the Talwars' ordeal and tried to recreate the situations that might have led a couple to take their own child's life.
Irrfan and Konkona Sensharma-starrer Talvar approached the case from various points of view, with director Meghna Gulzar trying her best to tread a middle ground. But soon after its release, Talvar found itself in the eye of a storm and its obliquely-classist conclusion was criticised no end.
Indeed, the film did make the viewer's sympathies tilt towards the parents of the murdered child, showing in meticulous and painstaking detail how the entire investigation was messed up from the word 'go'.
At a point in the film, Irrfan's character Ashwin, the reluctant CBI officer who is handed the case, screams in frustration: Crime scene ko machhli bazaar banake rakkha hai!
Even then, Talvar was appreciated for the novelty in the way it was treated. The country saw the various points of view, albeit through director Meghna Gulzar's point of view, the way the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder was dealt with.
The less-famous Rahasya too received mixed-to-positive reviews upon release. The film was met with stiff criticism from Aarushi's parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who were awaiting the verdict in the case back when Rahasya was announced. The shooting of Rahasya was completed before the verdict in the case arrived, and it could release only in January 2015, after the November 2013 CBI special court verdict was out.
Before the release of Rahasya, the Talwars even filed a case against the film.
Soon after that, the director of Rahasya, Manish Gupta, went ahead and clarified the speculation and numerous reports that said that Rahasya was based on the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder.
"My film is a suspense drama about a father accused of a father murdering his daughter. The story is fictitious and follows a CBI investigator (Kay Kay Menon played the character) as he tries to discover who was actually responsible for it. I never said that it is based on the true Delhi incident," the filmmaker said in an interview.
The film could not do much at the box office despite being well-made, as some reviews pointed out.
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