Even as questions persist over who committed the gruesome murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar in 2008, actor-filmmaker Kamaal Rashid Khan is determined to show the teenager’s parents guilty in his under-production film — Aarushi: The Love Story. Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit, in her bedroom in May that year.
Unperturbed by the fact that the case is still under investigation, Khan (of Deshdrohi fame) says, "I don’t need permission from anyone, not even the parents. They have said that they haven’t killed Aarushi, whereas my movie says the opposite — that they are guilty. My story is a biopic on Aarushi, and I’m basing it on the findings of the investigative agencies, so I am not saying anything from my imagination."
The Talwars have lashed out at the insinuation, calling Khan a publicity-seeker. "You can’t do anything about insensitive people like him," says Aarushi’s father, Rajesh. Mother Nupur Talwar adds, "We have many more important things to take care of, than a publicity-hungry person."
Their lawyer, Rebecca John, warned that Khan would face legal action. "We’ll deal with him. He has been saying this for a while now. Let him make the movie, we will not let him release it. We will take him to court."
Khan remains unruffled. "I completed the script a few months ago, now I need to re-script a bit in the light of more facts revealed by the CBI in its closure report. I intend to cast actors Kabir Bedi and Poonam Dhillon to play the role of Aarushi’s parents. Aman Verma and Dalip Tahil also play important roles," says Khan, not revealing who will play the slain teenager. "I shall play the role of the investigative officer in the case," he adds.
When contacted, both Bedi and Dhillon said that they have not been approached so far.