Guilty (Talvar)


Guilty (Talvar) (2015)



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In this tense whodunit based on a sensational, real-life murder trial in India, the police investigation into the killing of a teenage girl (Ayesha Parveen) leads to two possible sets of suspects: the parents, and the father's assistant.

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Irrfan Khan
as Ashwin Kumar
Konkona Sen Sharma
as Nutan Tandon/Shruti's mother
as Reema Kumar
Ayesha Parveen
as Shruti Tandon
Neeraj Kabi
as Shruti's father/Ramesh Tandon
Sohum Shah
as ACP Vedant Mishra
Gajraj Rao
as Inspector Dhaniram
Sumit Gulati
as Kanhaiya
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Critic Reviews for Guilty (Talvar)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Mr. Khan is this movie's best weapon. Playing a familiar character type, the world-weary detective, he gives a performance, full of small, sly details, that doesn't seem familiar at all.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

[Talvar] is bound to stir up controversy on its home turf with its dramatically potent depiction of police ineptitude, media excess, bureaucratic infighting and a possible miscarriage of justice.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…
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Talvar makes for gripping, infuriating, and at times illuminating viewing

Nov 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Guilty is an epic look at two gruesome killings, made worse by a series of wild miscarriages of justice.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

For all its positives, Talvar fails to keep that distance, and therefore compromises its ability to be an impartial, unbiased chronicle of what is India's most sensational murder case.

Jun 6, 2017 | Full Review…

This docudrama-style thriller hits a raw nerve with a taut script by Vishal Bhardwaj that even-handedly covers the various aspects of the investigation and offers many different versions of the truth.

May 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guilty (Talvar)

Had high expectations, but as it happens more often than not, left me disappointed. Maybe due to enough knowledge about the case (not that of the police staff involved or their family) from which the movie is inspired. While it's a fictionalized version of real crime, it doesn't manipulate the significant facts of the case as far as the evidence and proof are concerned. Well, more than less. Seems like Tabu's character was created to show the emotional side of Irrfan's character and maybe some light moments. But it doesn't help the cause and it'd have been better off without it. While the performances are commendable, the portrayal of the police personnel is quite typical (not to be mistaken for unreal). One time watch if you don't know about the Noida double murder case details already. A seemingly open and shut case (more so if you aren't interested to go into the details of the case & pass judgments based on unscrupulous assumptions) that's a hard one to crack. Much, if not full credit goes to the police force that mishandled the case by not following the essential procedures in its initial stage. (Letting the crime scene to be compromised wasn't their only fault.) Beyond reasonable doubt for that matter.

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