Mumbai, Apr 11 UNI | 4 months ago

Almost a month after the producer and director of 'Rahasya', a movie allegedly based on the Aarushi murder case, told the Bombay High Court that they would arrange a special screening for a family member of the Talwars, the dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar today refuted claims made by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) that the flickhas no resemblance to the Aarushi murder case.

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, who were convicted by a sessions court in November last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of their daughter Aarushi, had opposed the release of the movie, saying that it was based on 'distorted facts surrounding the gruesome murder of their daughter and portrays the petitioners and their daughter in a bad light and casts a slur on their reputation.'

Advocate Anushak Davar, representing the Talwars, told the division bench of Justices V M Kanade and A K Menon that there are glaring similarities between the movie's story and the Aarushi case.

'The Censor Board has only spoken about the dissimilarities between the two. But there are over 100 similarities, which they have not bothered to put on affidavit.

"Except for a few scenes in the end of the movie, the story is the same as the murder incident of Aarushi. So we seek a stay on the release of the movie pending our hearing of the appeal before the Allahabad High Court.

"The appeal and their bail plea is posted for hearing on April 17. We are not seeking a complete ban on the movie's release but only till the appeal is heard and decided,' the lawyer told the bench.

Based on this, the bench has posted the petition for further hearing on April 17.

The CBFC, which cleared the movie with a U/A certificate in January, told the court that the movie was not based Aarushi murder.

Producer-director Manish Gupta had then agreed to allow a screening for a member of the family, which was screened last month.

Based on this, during the hearing of the petition yesterday, the Talwars said that after watching the flick it is to be concluded that the CBFC has made false claims that the film has no similarity to the case and has sought a stay on its release till their appeal is heard and decided by the Allahabad High Court.

Aarushi and their house help Hemraj were found murdered at the Talwars' residence in Noida in 2008. A sessions court convicted the dentist couple for their daughter's murder.

The Talwars' appeal is pending before the Delhi High Court.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)