Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, who have been convicted for the murder of their teenaged daughter Aarushi in Noida, on Monday told the Bombay High Court that they wish to watch the movie 'Rahasya' before deciding on their petition against it. They contested the Central Board of Film Certification's claim that the plot of the movie was not based on Aarushi's murder.
"There is enough material including press releases and interviews of the actors to show that the movie draws from the case. Though there are a few points of difference, the movie goes on to hamper my appeal pending before the court. Any possible screening is entitled to affect public perception," the family's counsel pleaded before the high court.
Talwars had approached the court seeking stay on the movie on the grounds that it was based on Aarushi's murder. The Central Board of Film Certification had told the court last time that the movie was not based on Aarushi's murder. The producer and director were to tell on Monday if they would allow any family member to watch a special screening.
After they said that they would grant permission only to the family's lawyer to watch it, the Talwars opposed the move.
Citing a Supreme Court judgement, the family's counsel argued that any movie leading to even a slight prejudice should not be allowed to be screened.
The court then asked the director and producer's lawyer, advocate Atul Damle, why it would not allow a family member to watch the movie, when the lawyer would be allowed.
He said that the censor board's affidavit had damaged them as the plot of the suspense thriller was already known to people. Talwars' lawyer then promised to maintain privacy about the screening, and not leak a word to the media.
Mr Damle sought time till Thursday to take instructions on the same. The court then adjourned the matter till March 13.