Published On : Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Bollywood fraternity hails verdict on Aarushi Talwar’s murder case

The sensational murder case of Arushi Talwar, which has even inspired movies like Rahasya and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Talwar, has eventually reached its end. On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who were convicted by the CBI for murdering their daughter Arushi Talwar and domestic helper Hemraj Banjade in 2008. Director Meghna Gulzar, who tried to offer her take on this complicated and mysterious case on the silver screen through Talvar was quoted by the India Express as saying, “I feel extreme relief and gratitude. Truth has prevailed. The loss is irreparable but I am happy that truth prevailed.”

The writer and producer of Talvar, Vishal Bhardwaj, also released an official statement which read, “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.”

Theater actor, Neeraj Kabi, who had portrayed the role of Rajesh Talwar in Talvar told, “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 realise that two people, who were there, are now free. The moment I got to know, I felt, ‘Oh! Wow!’” The actor further added, “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.”

Many members of the film fraternity also welcomed the verdict and expressed their happiness on Twitter. Director Vikram Bhatt tweeted, “#ArushiVerdict not surprising. Glad Talwars are out but the question remains. Who killed Arushi? The greatest mystery of all time.” Filmmaker 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.” Actor Kabir Bedi also welcomed the decision and tweeted, “ACQUITTED!!! Rajesh and Nupur Talwar not guilty of #Aarushi’s murder. Finally, justice prevails, nightmare ends. #AarushiVerdict.”