Irrfan Khan on Talvar: We reach truth or we are worse than dead

  • Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2015 11:41 IST
The first poster of Meghna Gulzar's Talvar. The film is based on Arushi Talwar's murder case.

Irrfan Khan accepts the challenges that come with making a film about real-life incidents and "human beings who are alive and suffering today". However, he says Meghna Gulzar's Talvar -- based on the much-discussed Aarushi Talwar murder case -- is a sensitive and responsible portrayal of what happened in a Noida household on the intervening night of 15-16 May 2008.

The Piku actor plays an investigator in the film which is inspired by the sensational murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, a domestic help in Noida. Aarushi's parents were implicated in the case but any conclusive proof is yet to emerge. Writer-director Vishal Bhardwaj has penned the story of the film. The film's trailer released on Saturday ad has been well received.

"What happens with us is that we only read headline... We listen to news or somebody's version and we tend to believe that. When I read the story, it grabbed me emotionally. Everybody has the responsibility to go beyond the headline and do their homework and come to their own conclusion. We should not let headlines form our opinion," Irrfan said. "With this (case) there were so many versions to the story but there was such a powerful emotion coming out of the story and that compelled me to do the film. I would congratulate Meghna Gulzar for this film."

The 48-year-old actor, who plays the role of an investigative officer, insists the film remains neutral and offers three different versions of the case from separate point of views. "The film presents multiple version of the same story. It is a real life incident. It is an important film. When you perform, you have to be sensitive as you put in various versions of human beings, who are alive and suffering today," he said.

Aarushi's parents, Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, became the chief suspects in a case that would captivate the entire nation for weeks. The case was later transferred to the CBI, which couldn't find conclusive evidence.

"We are not giving stance... We kept it neutral and left it for the audience to judge. Please dwell into it (film)... It is a mystery. You can't get easy answers to it," the The Lunchbox actor added. When asked what made him do this controversial movie, Irrfan said Talvar should not be seen as controversial film. "Why use this word controversial. As human beings, it is our responsibility to come to truth otherwise we are worse than dead. I chose the story because it is compelling as well as the emotion in it," Irrfan said.

Considering everyone is aware about the incident, Irrfan said people will be hooked to the film primarily with the way the story is told. "It is how you tell the story... The substance stays with you and how you engage the audience. I think that is interesting. The film doesn't compel you towards what we are trying to say through the film... It is the emotions that will touch," he added.

The actor has reunited with Konkana Sen Sharma after their 2007 drama Life in a Metro and Irrfan is happy to be share screen with her. "We became part of the film because we felt to be. It is not like it is giving us scope to perform or show our talent. We are engaging you as it is a compelling drama," he said. The film, also starring Tabu and Sohum Shah in the lead roles, is slated to release on October 2.

Read: Who killed Aarushi Talwar?

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