To begin with, the director, making a comeback after a long hiatus, does not baulk at the sensitive nature of the subject. She treats the complex themes inherent in the tale with mellow confidence and an unwavering sense of balance. Talvar delves into the unresolved issues pertaining to the 2008 Noida double murder case in the light of details drawn from research and the court proceedings.
The film probes the internal dynamics of India's premier investigation agency in keeping with other alterations of names, it referred to as Central Department of Investigation (CDI) here and the wild rumour mongering that was fanned by sleaze-obsessed journalists. Talvar is served fantastically well by its entire cast, and not just the principal actors. Irrfan is on the top of his game, as are Neeraj Kabi and Konkona Sensharma. In a brief appearance as the investigating officer's estranged wife, Tabu makes a deep impression. Gajraj Rao, in the guise of the uncouth, paan-chewing inspector who takes next to no time to declare the murder an open and shut case, and English-language theatre pro Atul Kumar, playing the pure Hindi-speaking officer, are superb.
Talvar is a compelling piece of cinema. Not to be missed.