Is Tal a true story? Are Netflix movies based on real people?

Max Yurva

Taal, directed by Raj Singh Chaudhary, is an Indian neo-western action thriller set in the 1980s. The film follows the travels of an antique dealer, Siddharth (Harshvardhan Kapoor), who takes him to a remote village in the Indian state of Rajasthan. There have been a number of recent violent killings in the area, and newcomers are naturally skeptical. Inspector Suleika Singh (Anil Kapoor) is determined to find the killer thanks to pressure from his superiors.

Given the ongoing brutal murder, Surekha wonders if Siddharth is doing something sinister. The film’s thrilling storyline and real-world settings have audiences questioning everything they know as events unfold. Given such an excellent narrative, viewers can’t help but wonder if the film is purely fictional or based on real events. Well, here’s what we know!

Is Tal a true story?

No, “Thar” is not based on a true story. Written and directed by Raj Singh Chaudhary, the film is an ode to classic Western cinema and takes multiple elements of the genre and gives it a new twist. The film was produced under the banner of Anil Kapoor Films, with renowned director Anurag Kashyap (Wasipur Gang) helping to write the dialogue.

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The project is exciting for writer and producer and actor Anil Kapoor. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished with Tal and am very excited about the film for several reasons,” he said in a prepared statement. “The genre itself — a Rajasthan-based noir thriller that pays homage to the genre of classic westerns, is a first for Indian cinema and audiences.” Given the actor’s collaboration with his son Harshvardhan, who plays the film’s protagonist , his excitement is indeed understandable.

The movie does follow the themes in the genre above. What could be better than a brutal murderer hunted by a determined enforcer and set in the desert? A cursory glance at a map of India will also tell you the importance of the film’s context. Similar to the scenes in the most classic western movies, the western states of the United States, “Tal” is set in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Plus, more than half of the state is covered in the Thar Desert, giving this thriller a classic western feel. Even the movie’s title comes from the country’s only hot desert. With horse riders traversing the dunes and using guns at will, the filmmakers went to great lengths to make the film authentically Western.

However, that doesn’t mean India’s culture and glamour doesn’t shine through in the film. While the beauty and excitement of the American West Desert comes from the unexplored wilderness, Rajasthan is quite different. The state’s name translates to “Land of the Kings”. The state’s vast Thar Desert is home to several castles, which are in various stages of maintenance, and were once the residence of one of several Indian kings. Some of these medieval royal buildings have been featured in movies. The village in which the story takes place also reflects the local Rajasthani culture in its authentic dress, dialect and way of life.

While “Thar” may not have been inspired by real events, it was inspired by an established and beloved genre that was not widely used in India. With its thrilling story, talented cast and stunning setting, the film attempts to replicate the mature quirks of classic Western films.

Read more: Where was Netflix’s Thar filmed?

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