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Tiff Special Movie Review: Guilty (Talvar)

Meghna Gulzar’s Guilty has the tough job of dramatizing the Aarushi Talwar case without veering into sensationalism and heavy-handedness. It’s an extraordinary feat that Gulzar keeps the finger-wagging at bay, and delivers a sharply scripted and angry look at mishandling of the case.

As expected, names are changed and certain details are elided to provide more narrative potency, so Hemraj, Nupur, and Dinesh Talwar are now Nutan Tandon (Konkona Sen Sharma) and Rajesh Tandon (Neeraj Kabi), and Khempal. There’s also Inspector Ashwin Kumar (Irrfan Khan) who steps in as the chief investigator on the case, whose cool and cynical wit often breaks the tension during the dark moments of the film. The narrative is focused like a procedural drama, which is a good touch because it lays out all the details for the audience to pore over.

Gulzar also employs a Rashomon-like structure when it comes to

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