'Rahasya' not based on Aarushi case, HC told

The Censor Board on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that the film “Rahasya” is based on fiction and bears no resemblance to the case of dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, who were convicted last year of the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and the domestic help in 2008.

“The film 'Rahasya’ is a work of fiction. The film has a disclaimer at the beginning that it is based on fiction and bears no resemblance to any person dead or alive,” said the affidavit filed by Sheetal Tandel, Assistant Regional Officer of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Mumbai.

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition by Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, now serving life sentence awarded to them for Aarushi’s murder, seeking a stay on the release of “Rahasya”, directed by Manish Gupta.

In their petition, the Talwars claimed the film is based on “distorted facts surrounding the gruesome death” of Aarushi. They approached the high court after the CBFC granted U/A certificate to the film in January.

The CBFC, however, said there are several differences between the Aarushi case and the film. “In the movie, an 18-year-old Mumbai-based girl gets murdered. The father of the girl is arrested but released on bail and then acquitted. 

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