Vishal Bharadwaj overwhelmed to hear the acquittal of Talwars’

The Allahabad High court has exonerated Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who were convicted for murdering their daughter Arushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade in 2008. On greeting the happy news, filmmaker Meghna Gulzar whose movie Talvar was based on the Arushi Talwar-Hemraj murder case said to a leading Indian daily, “I feel extreme relief and gratitude. Truth has prevailed. The loss is irreparable but I am happy that truth prevailed.”

On questioning whether she will meet the parents, she answered, “I haven’t yet planned about meeting them. At the moment, I am just processing this (the court’s verdict).”

Vishal Bharadwaj who had written the story of the film Talvar too commented about the verdict, he said, “We were questioned by a lot of people when we made Talvar even though we didn’t take any sides in presenting the story and maintained as neutral a viewpoint as possible. I am overwhelmed and relieved to hear of the Talwars’ acquittal and this strengthens my faith in the Indian judicial system. However, it still pains me when I think about the precious years lost in prison and the emotional trauma that the parents had to go through, so much so that they couldn’t even mourn their own daughter’s demise.”

The film Talvar starred Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Tabu among others. Rajesh Talwar’s role was played by Neeraj Kabi. Speaking about the verdict Neeraj Kabi said, “I just got to know after media people messaged me. I had no clue. But it is a wonderful news. At a human level, I feel it is beautiful to realize that two people, who were there, are now free. The moment I got to know, I felt, ‘Oh! Wow!’ Even when I was playing the role, there was no way to find the truth because there was so much material to process as an actor. Even though I did the part, I didn’t know which side the blame lied. Your heart said no they won’t but your brain said, they can. But I am happy they are free. I hope and pray they are completely free and can lead a normal life. Whether they are guilty or not is one thing but at a human level, this is a beautiful thing to have happened.”

The role of the CBI director was played by Prakash Belawadi, who also spoke about the verdict by stating, “We don’t know what really happened. But in my heart and guts, I always felt that the parents are innocent. Losing a young daughter itself is such an irreparable loss and the pain is immense. But today that they acquitted I’m very very happy.”

Many celebrities took to their twitter handle to express their happiness over the verdict.

Vikram Bhatt tweeted, “#ArushiVerdict not surprising. Glad Talwars are out but the question remains. Who killed Arushi? The greatest mystery of all time.”

Shekhar Kapur wrote, “Nothing worse than parents accused of their own daughters murder. And then horrible sordid made up stories lapped up by media. Cannot imagine the pain they went through #ArushiVerdict.”