THE Justices V M Kanade and Anil Menon of Bombay High Court has put on hold the release of Hindi feature film ‘Rahasya’, till June 13. The judges said they were keeping the petition for final hearing after the vacations when they would decide on the release of the film.
The film is based on the high profile murder case of Aarushi Talwar. On May 15 and 16, 2008, Aarushi and the family’s domestic servant Hemraj were found murdered at Talwar’s residence in Noida in Uttar Pradesh, near Delhi.
The court also took note of the assurance given by the film producer that he would put a disclaimer in the advertisements and promos saying that the movie was a work of fiction and did not bear any resemblance to any person, dead or alive.
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, parents of Aarushi, have been convicted for murder and are undergoing life sentence. They had filed a petition in Bombay High Court seeking a ban on the film’s release on the ground that it was based on “distorted” facts about their daughter’s killing. The Talwars have also filed an appeal against their conviction and it is pending in the Court. Both pleaded that promos and advertisements of the film should be banned because it may influence their appeal, which is yet to be heard.