the case timeline

Shruti found dead at the Tandon's home in Noida Sameer Vihar. A day later domestic help Khempal’s body found in terrace-room

Date: 15th March - 16th March (night), 2008

Date : 25th March, 2008

Noida cops arrest Ramesh Tandon for double murder

Chief Minister of UP Malawati hands the case over to CDI

Date : 1st April, 2008

Date : 22nd June, 2008

CDI Joint director Ashwin Kumar gives Ramesh Tandon a clean chit. Ramesh Tandon gets released from the jail

CDI changes probe team

Date : 9th July , 2008

Date : 20th Febuary, 2011

CDI files closure report is presented in Ghaziabad court citing parents as prime suspects but saying there is insufficient evidence to prosecute

Tandons file protest plea opposing CDI’s closure report

Date : 15th March, 2011

Date : 25th March, 2011

Special CDI judge rejects closure report, makes dentist couple accused for murder

Trial Begins

Date : 8th June, 2012

Date : 26th November, 2013

Couple convicted

the film


Irrfan Khan

Konkona Sen Sharma

Neeraj Kabi

Soham Shah

Atul Kumar

Gajraj Rao

Tabu (Special Appearance)

Ashwin Kumar

Nutan Tandon

Ramesh Tandon

ACP Vedant Mishra


Inspector Dhaniram

Reema Kumar


CO-PRODUCER Priti Shahani, Rekha Bhardwaj WRITER Vishal Bharadwaj LYRICS Gulzar CINEMATOGRAPHY Pankaj Kumar MUSIC Vishal Bhardwaj EDITOR Sreekar Prasad PRODUCTION DESIGNER Subrata Chakraborty, Amit Ray SOUND Shajith Koyeri EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Alan McAlex SUPERVISING PRODUCER SOMEN MISHRA CREATIVE PRODUCER Honey Trehan


Talvar is a fictional dramatization of true life events revolving around the Aarushi Talwar murder case investigation. Known as the 'Noida Double Murder Case', it happened in the city adjoining India's capital, Delhi, in 2008. Produced by Junglee Pictures and VB Pictures, it is written by Vishal Bhardwaj and is directed by Meghna Gulzar. Boasting of power packed performances by Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Life Of Pi), Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi, it also has Tabu (The Namesake) in a special appearance. With Gulzar's lyrics, Vishal Bhardwaj's music and cinematography by Pankaj Kumar (Haider, Ship Of Theseus), the thriller is a work of fiction which is based on one of the most intriguing and talked about murder cases in recent Indian history. The incident still resonates in the minds of the public, as there is no sense of closure in the case in spite of a guilty verdict – the parents of the murdered girl have been sentenced to life for killing her.

The makers


JUNGLEE PICTURES, the Films Division of the largest and most influential media company of India – The Times of India Group, is an emerging studio in the business of development, production and distribution of Hindi feature films. JUNGLEE PICTURES aims to produce entertaining films for the Indian theatre going audience as well as the ever-growing Diaspora market. The company is also co-producing films in collaboration with creative minds from Indian film industry (Bollywood) and International talent from across the world.


Vishal Bhardwaj started his career as a music composer for films and television. He made his directorial debut in 2002 with a children’s film, Makdee. Since then he has directed eight films, and is known for his brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s work in Bollywood films – Maqbool (Macbeth), Omkara (Othello) and Haider (Hamlet). Multi-talented Bhardwaj not only writes and directs, but he also composes, sings, and produces films. Winner of six National Film Awards, Bhardwaj’s films have premiered at Berlin International Film

Media : Press kit

Talvar, directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Vineet Jain & Vishal Bhardwaj, is a fictitious retelling of the real-life investigation and murder of Arushi Talwar and her manservant. The film boasts of powerful performances by critically acclaimed actors Irrfan Kan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi and Tabu and masterfully captures the murder that rocked the nation's curiosity and the mysterious ways in which the investigation was conducted and ultimately closed, leaving everyone who followed it, in a state of unsettled doubt.


Review 1

Dramatically potent depiction of police ineptitude, media excess, bureaucratic infighting and a possible miscarriage of justice – Variety


Review 2

The film’s appealing cast bring personality and plenty of laughs to a painfully serious story – Screen Daily


Review 3

Well-crafted, gripping film that deliberately raises more questions than it answers – India Kanna, Quint


Review 4

Meghna Gulzar nails it, and how. Brilliant and hard hitting. – Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies


Review 5

Strong powerful film and very disturbing! Well-acted, tightly written! – Aseem Chhabra, Rediff


Review 6

A sharply scripted and angry look at mishandling of the case – BollySpice


Review 7

Talvar makes for gripping, infuriating, and at times illuminating viewing – Josh Hurtado, Twitch Film


Review 8

Powerful film. It is unflinching with the graphic details without being gratuitous – Shree Paradkar, Toronto Star


Director’s Profile

The idea of making a film on a real-life incident of murder, grabbed me instantly. For someone who had made soft, relationships-based films so far, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into a world of blood, gore, investigation and intrigue. Two years of research and 4000 news articles later, we had a compelling screenplay, penned by Vishal Bhardwaj. This the story of a case that still permeates public consciousness and will perhaps continue to do so, because of its lack of a sense of closure.

The details of the case had to be intricately captured. The characters were to veer between playing the guilty and the damned. And all the while, the film needed to remain objectively neutral. Letting the facts lead the viewer to their own conclusions. Pankaj Kumar's cinematography deftly translated a powerful script onto film. And a cast of powerhouse performers blurred the lines between the person and the character.

As a director, I calibrated myself to see the story as only a film script to be executed, with characters, not people, whose lives I was breaking down into shots. I had to keep my objectivity intact. But they aren't just characters. They are real people. And the screenplay of this film is their life's trajectory. And for me, that is what makes Talvar more fragile than I'd ever expected.

- Meghna Gulzar, Director, Talvar