Court (Marathi, 2014) is a courtroom drama film, written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhan. The film examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an ageing folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai. The script is centred on Kamble, an aging political activist whose folk songs are blamed for inspiring a sewage worker to kill himself. Vinay Vora, the lawyer goes through many court hearings. The public prosecutor brings up various outdated laws that Narayan Kamble (!) has been accused of breaking!.
Judge ‘Your case will not be heard today’
Lady ‘Why Sir?’
Judge ‘You have come wearing a sleeveless top to the court. This is against the code of conduct in court.’
Every scene in the movie plays out with a minimal amount of shots, either one long static shot or a two different shots with different angles. It looks odd for some time but convincing for the powerful script it presented. It grabs you inside the court within few moments to the film, and it touches your soul so easily without any gimmicks. It looks like a set of real life incidents but it is not real but a fiction and that is the reason for the applause to the makers.
The script follows not only the proceedings of the case, but also the lives of all major characters involved. After each hearing it shifts to one of the character’s outside-the-court life. There are few memorable transitions also, now and then. Eg.: A scene ends with a huge applause for a stage drama in an auditorium and the very next scene starts with a complete silent shot inside the court.
It makes us to question the Indian legal system and shows us the closed mind set of few. The movie talks and makes you think about many things, far more than what is mentioned here. This is a must watch movie which deserves all the respect it earned.
‘Court’ Is India’s Entry to Oscars.