New Delhi: They say art imitates life and filmmakers often borrow from real life incidents to make films. As the dentist couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar await their sentence in charges of murdering their 14 year old daughter, Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj, social media is already abuzz with the prospects of filmmakers picking up the story of the sensational murder that rocked the high society of Delhi five years ago.
From the face of it, the plot does reap of a 'perfect' thriller. If we go by the popular version, the dentist couple had murdered their teenage daughter in a fit of rage when they found her having an illicit relationship with their servant. Drunk, hurt , Rajesh Talwar apparently tried to hit Hemraj with a golf club but instead hit Arushi and to hide the entire incident eventually killed the two. His wife, Nupur, the only witness to the crime, stood by her husband and helped him cover up the crime scene. But then would we ever get to know the real story? What happened that fateful night was perhaps buried long back and what we know now is just a perception of the society.
In the past, films based on real life incidents have opened to mix response. While 'No One Killed Jessica' based on the Jessica Lal murder case, was lauded for the strong performance that the film's leading ladies delivered, films like 'Not A Love Story' by Ram Gopal Varma on the infamous Neeraj Grover murder case was disastrous to say the least. RGV even made a film on the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack this year which got a very poor response from the audience. Neither did the film based on Delhi rape victim work for its makers.
Not only do such films scathe the wounds of the grieved party but also it doesn't really provide any solution or conclusion.And what is the exact purpose of making films? To earn money. Wouldn't it be altruistic on a filmmakers' part to make a commercial film based on someone's tragedy?
Agreed, creativity does not have to provide a conclusion but the film, if ever made on the case, would just provide a story we already know. No filmmaker will ever get access to Nupur and Rajesh Talwar to get their version of the story and what we know now could easily be a theory construed by the Police.
More importantly, by putting Arushi's story on the big screen, wouldn't one be glorifying a horrid tale of a family which broke apart one fateful night? Every time one thinks of the incident, one shivers thinking how could the parents kill their only child?How could a mother kill her daughter? The thoughts are disturbing - imagine seeing it on screen?
The incident not only spread shock waves throughout the city, but also raised issues on morality as well as the incompetence with which the case was handled right from the beginning. Recapping the entire story would just lead to discomfort.
The basic idea of a film is provide entertainment. If not entertainment, it should ideally be providing a message.And the Aarushi murder case provides none. So why delve on a tragic tale of a teenager whose life was abruptly cut short? Surely, our talented filmmakers have tons of stories to narrate to the world which aren't this unfortunate.
Let Aarushi be.