Star Cast: Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Vira Sathidar,Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane, Subodh Kushte
Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Not many would even know about this several award winning movie ‘Court’ that has hit the Indian cinemas today. The story is all about the real state of certain issues in India. Mocking the Indian judiciary, the movie has explained its message in the most explicit way.
‘Court’ has already bagged several awards even before its release on the big screen. It won the Best Film in the Horizons category at the 71st Venice International Film Festival where it premiered last year in September. The movie which Chaitanya Tamhane’s directorial debut went on to win 18 other awards at different film festivals, including honours at the Mumbai, Vienna, Antalya and film festivals. In 2015, the film won the Best Feature Film award at the 62ns National Film Awards.
The story revolves around a Dalit activist who is held responsible for the ‘suicide’ of sewage cleaner. The ‘Court’ will lead you through the arrest of the activist, ‘judicial remand’ and hearings resulting in a film that is agonizing, imperative, important, narrating in the non-documentary manner.
But who is actually at fault? Is it the weak activist with an enduring soul, the lawyers who fight for and against him or the judge of the court sitting there to decide upon his destiny?
Are we as a person who skillfully break the rules and get away with it are at fault or is it the system where everything civilized comes to end.
Even though the story comes through a small clip that you may even ignore in your daily newspaper because of the typical mindset… ‘Who is willing to pay attention to the life of such marginalized people as municipal employees?’ Well, that too if your newspaper is kind enough to feature a story from such a low level, precisely the events related to ‘below the poverty line’.
The movie has introduced us to the realities that we like to keep at distance in such a beautiful way that you would not want to miss it even for a split second.
The ‘Court’ shows us where we actually stand in India today, and trust me, it is certainly ugly.
Unfolding with deceiving straightforwardness, ‘Court’ keeps exposing the layers one after another and unveils the dirt that we are surrounded with, supported by biased comments based on the class and caste, communities and gender.
Eventually, it would definitely make one think, that what is that is required for all of us to breathe freely?
You will be engrossed in the movie from the very beginning. The acting by one and all is flawless. So much so that you would feel that all of them have already been into that drama and the camera was there just to capture them.
The director of the movie definitely wants us to feel every minute of ‘Court’, just not see… and without any doubt; he has managed to do that.
There have been movies revolving around the court scenes in the past as well where the insensitive lawyers and the cruel legal system have been shown. From Daamini to Aitraz, from Peepli Live to Jolly L.L.B, court scenes have always been an interesting part to see with common dialogues like ‘order order’, ‘My Lord’, ‘mere kaabil dost’ and ‘mere muwakkil’. Tamhane’s ‘Court’ has simply smashed out all that melodrama and is far more powerful than all of them.
The movie is not only subtle but hard hitting and the message comes out clear and precise.
NewsX Verdict: Court is an intense flick and one of the finest movies you would see this year. Don’t think even once before going. Just go ahead!