Talvar - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Talvar is a disturbing film – at more levels than one. Why should you watch it then? Because we shouldn't turn a blind eye to the system we live in, even if the system itself is so.



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35 reviewers have given Talvar an average rating of 4.5/5.0 (?)

28 yays
0 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...True, Talvar is Meghna’s best film, but we keep wondering if that isn’t more due to the great writing (and great acting). And it doesn’t help that a lot of the story (along with the way these investigations generally take place) is familiar to us. But slowly, as things get increasingly absurd, the film really takes off. The last half-hour is astonishingly good.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Anyway ending on a positive note, do watch TALVAR if you are more keen in noticing the technical nuances of film-making (especially for its last 20 minutes). But do watch RAHASYA as a must as its indeed one of the best murder mysteries coming from Hindi film industry in the recent decades. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rumnique Nannar, Bolly Spice ...The performances in the film are stellar, especially from Sen Sharma and Kabi, who capture that grief and frustration in their expressions and small gestures. When Kabi howls like a wounded animal in one reenactment, you can’t help but come on board with the family’s side of the story. Khan is terrific as Ashwin, and conveys that frustration with just one sigh or one wisecracking joke. The supporting cast of Shishir Sharma as the new head of CDI, to the trio of actors playing the servants, who bring out that chilling menace. Tabu also has a special appearance as Ashwin’s wife, but she only serves to colour his personal life as his annoyed ex-wife. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, TALVAR is an engaging, edgy thriller with no dull moments. A must watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Bollywood Life ...Even if you have a whole lot to do this weekend, make a point to watch this film. I bet you haven’t seen a better whodunit in recent times in Indian Cinema. ... full review

Thumbs up by Criselle Lobo, BookmyShow ...A gripping film based on a true life incident.The film has an engaging plot and is backed with superb performances. If you are planning to catch a film during this long weekend then Talvar should be your first choice. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...What makes Talvar superior to the many crime shows on TV, is the detailing, the small brush strokes of characterisations and motives; Bharadwaj and Meghna Gulzar even manage to find space for some wry, bitter humour—like the face-off between the two rival CDI teams in the end. The casting of theatre actors in the many supporting roles gives the film the touch of realism it needed—that and the deliberate eschewing of anything bright or glamorous in the bleak scenario. The ensemble is near perfect and Irrfan struts tall amidst the flock of talent. The film is not entertaining in the Bollywood-ian sense of the term, but it is a gripping watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...The film’s screenplay, clever casting and load-bearing dialogue together tell a disheartening tale of exceptionally callous and inept investigation, class conflict and an egoistic attitude of cops and investigators that flies in the face of the CBI’s motto: Industry, Impartiality, Integrity. Prakash Belwari has taken on the role of the sagacious babu in Bollywood with ease and authority. But he is loosening up. He’s ready for more. Irrfan Khan is Mr Sparkle. He breathes life into scenes without seemingly trying to. He’s given the film’s best dialogue because he can deliver them like no one else can. Case closed. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikita Kapoor, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Talvar might be a game changer for the Talwars! ... full review

Thumbs up by Ameet Bhuvan , Desi Martini ...Verdict - Without taking sides, it lets facts speak for themselves, a feat for such films indeed ... full review

So-So by Parichay Mehta , Desi Martini ...Verdict - This Talvar could've been more edgy & sharp. ... full review

So-So by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Vishal Bharadwaj scores win; Meghana Gulzar loses the edge of Talvar ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Talvar is an absolute must-watch not just because it deserves to be seen. It NEEDS to be seen.... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...Overall, it's a well-rehearsed, well-meaning film highlighting the ineptitude of our legal system. You leave the auditorium with the feeling that Aarushi will never get justice, that a re-examination of the way our judiciary functions has become necessary... You feel angry and disillusioned. Maybe things may change if enough people got angry... ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...The film is taut and competently made, but it quite obviously favours one version over others. As a result, the alternatives feel either like repetition or vaguely caricaturish. Instead of utilising the range that actors like Sen Sharma and Kabi possess to craft distinctly different but credible characters in each variation, Gulzar changes very little in terms of the personalities we see on screen. The effect is less dynamic and more confusing than it could have been.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The tone of the film is it’s main deficiency. It’s neither consistent nor pronounced. Pankaj Kumar’s intimate cinematography, A Sreekar Prasad’s sharp edits and Bharadwaj’s musical compositions help the experience along somewhat.... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, fullhyd.com ...We began with how movies based on significant true incidents are de facto important. Talvar, however, goes beyond and shows us that being based on true incidents isn't enough - they have to be made into good cinema, too. We keep watching films on incidents that were sensational and scandalous, but how often are they good movies? Much too often, the writers and directors seem to be assuring themselves that the film is good because they got a good plot, regardless of execution. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...TALVAR is not breakthrough cinema. Neither is it exciting or informative. In fact, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth as most in India have seen ad nauseam on national television the 'live' findings of the double murder on a daily basis when the murder rocked the nation in 2008. Same is happening now in the Sheena Bora murder case. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Talvar is an intriguing and gripping thriller and boasts of brilliant performances, witty dialogues and much more. You should definitely not miss this one. ... full review

Thumbs up by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...Alternately wry, witty, persuasive and shocking, Talvar evokes feelings of fear, anger and shame as you consider the likelihood that a pair of innocent parents are serving life terms for a crime they may have had no hand in. Deliberately unsentimental and melodrama-free, the film goes about its business in docudrama fashion, exposing a flawed legal system, a judgmental society, and an impatient media. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...All said and done, there are those moments where the pace of the largely-gripping narrative slackens. The numerous POVs and the actors playing the same sequences, again, gives the viewer a sense of deja vu. ... full review

Thumbs up by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ... Irrfan Khan, who creates a character both worldly and world-weary (the scene where he turns up at his estranged wife’s doorstep at night is very moving). Though this is a very impressive return for Gulzar, ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Vishal Bhardwaj's tight screenplay, great casting and Meghna Gulzar's slick-yet-with-an-emotional-undercurrent handling of the material in hand, makes this an immensely watchable film.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...That said, just due to the fact that an Indian film has actually picked up an ongoing case and taken a stand which (apparently) challenges the verdict that has been passed by the Court, Talvar needs to be lauded for its bravery. One now waits to see if this eventually makes a difference to the eventual state of the case. However as a piece of filmmaking which raises a lot of questions while also entertaining, Talvar is definetly a must watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum??? Well this movie is one of the dumdar hard-hitting film released in recent times. It's totally gripping, thought provoking and total factual. The masala loving audience might shy away from this movie, but everyone who loves good cinema will cherish this film for years to come. It's said that a pen is mightier than the sword, but in case of this 'Talwar' it's the crime thriller which is mightier than a sword. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...No matter which of the faces of truth the audience takes away from the film, its importance as a mirror of our times is unlikely to diminish in any way. Talvar is a must watch. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...The film is sensitive enough to not dwell too long on things that had turned the actual case voyeuristic—the char­ges of wife-swapping; or that of a supposed affair between the girl and the servant. In the process of showing us the miscarriage of justice, it highlights the unfairness meted out to the parents, but remains measured. Its sympathy does quite lie with the parents but it doesn’t make an overt cause of it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...The film is sensitive enough to not dwell too long on things that had turned the actual case voyeuristic—the char­ges of wife-swapping; or that of a supposed affair between the girl and the servant. In the process of showing us the miscarriage of justice, it highlights the unfairness meted out to the parents, but remains measured. Its sympathy does quite lie with the parents but it doesn’t make an overt cause of it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The background score by Ketan Sodha is effective, even if a touch inspired by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and the snatches of song we hear are excellent, especially the haunting final track sung by Rekha Bhardwaj that floats over the end-titles. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...In the end, the film reminds us of Aarushi Talwar, who would have turned 22 next March. It was a life cut short cruelly, and what could be more tragic than the fact that the case still awaits closure. Watch the film as a testament to the saying that truth indeed is stranger than fiction. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: The film makes us question our belief in loyalty, crime and punishment and despite its flaws, Talvar is no doubt a bold and brave film that will not only disturb you but also make you think.... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Its intentions might be blunt but as a piece of cinema Talvar is a sharp procedural.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Talvar's compared to Rashomon but while that wandered through forests of fantasy, Talvar boldly tackles reality. It offers totally different takes on two murders. But it is unambiguous about a third - fairness, slashed to pieces by incompetence and callous crassness. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana, yahoo! India ...So what does Meghna Gulzar’s film really do? Does it tug at your heartstrings that innocent parents have been framed? Does it convince you of their guilt? ... full review

So-So ZEENEWS.COM ...Cinematographer Pankaj Kumar's dark frames with a few unwarranted angles do not elevate the viewing experience. Overall, Talvar is a rusty film that disappoints.... full review