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Aarushi's murder case unraveled in the film 'Talvar'

It may be the most-engrossing murder mystery you've never heard of before. The crime that drove all of India wild has been adapted for the big screen. We explore the Indian justice system in the new film "Guilty," a fictionalized account of the Aarushi Talwar homicide.
Nupur Talwar (L), and husband Rajesh were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of their teenage daughter Aurushi Talwar and domestic servant Hemraj Banjade. The murder case continues to raise troubling questions about the quality of the criminal investigation and the resulting justice. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/GettyImages)
"Everyone will know a few key words... wife swapping, golf club, scalpel ... But not many will remember that there was an alternative theory that existed."- Meghna Gulzar, director of  "Guilty"

It's been called India's biggest murder mystery... and that's just some of the sensational media coverage of the 2008 double homicide in the Delhi suburb of Noida. 

Aarushi Talwar (Facebook)
The victims were a 13-year-old girl, named Aarushi Talwar and a male house servant, Hemraj Banjade. 

The case grew infamous inside India after breakneck twists and turns emerged in the criminal investigation... including allegations of police incompetence. 

Six years after the bodies were discovered...Aarushi's parents - both dentists - were convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison. 

And yet.... niggling questions remain for many, about whether justice was done. 

This week, a new film based on a fictionalized account of the case had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Guilty" – or "Talvar" – as the film is called in Hindi will be in theatres in both India and Canada next month. 

  • Meghna Gulzar is the director of  "Guilty," and she was in our Toronto studio.
  • Shree Paradkar is a Canadian journalist and aunt of Aarushi Talwar, also in Toronto.

This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry.


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