• Talvar

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    On the night of 15-16 March 2008, Shruti Tandon (Ayesha Parveen), a 14-year girl is found dead at her home in Sameer Vihar of Noida. The family’s missing domestic help Khempal is initially sought as a suspect. However, the next day, his dead body is found on terrace of the building. The police suspect that the girl’s parents, Ramesh (Neeraj Kabi) and Nutan (Konkona Sen Sharma), to be the murderers. On 25 March, the Noida police arrest Ramesh Tandon for the two murders. On 1 April, the state’s Chief Minister Malawati hands over the case to CDI, the country’s elite investigating police agency.

    The CDI detective Ashwin Kumar (Irrfan Khan) holds contempt for the sloppy first responders who botched the initial crime-scene investigation. He believes the parents to be innocent, and methodically builds a case against the father’s resentful assistant. His team uses narco tests, attempting to prove that the assistant and his two accomplices committed the murders. On 22 June 2008, he officially exonerates the parents, and Ramesh Tandon is released from the jail. The narrative also briefly discusses the dissolution of Kumar’s marriage.

    On 9 July 2008, CDI hands over the case to a new probe team. Khan’s new superior refocuses the investigation on the parents as the suspects. On 20 February 2011, CDI files a closure report in Ghaziabad court, naming parents as the prime suspects, but states that the evidence is insufficient to initiate prosecution. On 15 March, the Tandons file a protest plea opposing CDI’s report. On 25 March, the judge rejects the closure report and makes the parents an accused in the case. The trial begins on 8 June 2012. In the final act, rival camps with opposing hypotheses then make their cases before a judge. The Tandons are convicted for the murders on 26 November 2013.

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