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Talwars fight over special screening of Rahasya

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, convicted for their daughter Aarushi's murder, want to see the film Rahasya before it is released. The Central Board of Film Certification, however, had earlier informed the court that the movie is based on fiction and bears no resemblance to the case of the convicted couple.

bollywood Updated: Mar 11, 2014 17:39 IST

The dispute between the Talwars, convicted for the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and makers of yet-to-be-released film Rahasya continued over its private screening even as the Bombay high court asked the producers if they are ready to allow a family member of the girl, to watch the movie.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar had moved the Bombay high court seeking a stay on release of the movie on the ground that the film is based on "distorted facts surrounding the gruesome death" of their daughter Aarushi.

The dentist couple, who are presently serving the life sentence awarded to them by a sessions court, had on the last hearing sought private screening of the movie.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had earlier informed the court that the movie is based on fiction and bears no resemblance to the case of the convicted couple.

Advocate Atul Damle, appearing for the director and producer, today told the court that a screening can be arranged for one of Talwars' lawyers. "After the CBFC's affidavit was filed detailing the storyline of the movie, the entire suspense has been revealed. We want an assurance from the lawyer who would view the movie that he or she would not disclose the movie details," Damle said.

Advocate Anushak Davar, appearing for the Talwars, however, sought that a family member be permitted to see the movie. "The family member will give an assurance that he or she will not disclose the details of the movie," he said.

Observing that the whole dispute can be sorted out by one screening of the movie, a division bench of Justices V M Kanade and A K Menon directed Damle to take instructions from the director and producer if they are ready to permit a family member for the screening.

The petition has been posted for hearing on March 13.

The Talwars approached the High Court after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) granted U/A certificate to the movie in January this year.

On the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, Aarushi and their house help Hemraj were found murdered at the Talwar residence in Noida near Delhi. The Talwars were convicted by a sessions court in Ghaziabad in November last and sentenced to life imprisonment. Their appeal against their conviction is pending before the Allahabad High Court.

The film is helmed by writer-director Manish Gupta and produced by UVI Film Production.

First Published: Mar 11, 2014 17:24 IST