When an aging activist is arrested, the lives of the accused, the lawyers, and the judge intertwine to reveal bigotry that underscores the judicial system.


Chaitanya Tamhane
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Credited cast:
Vira Sathidar ... Narayan Kamble
Vivek Gomber Vivek Gomber ... Vinay Vora
Geetanjali Kulkarni ... Public Prosecutor Nutan
Pradeep Joshi Pradeep Joshi ... Judge Sadavarte
Shirish Pawar Shirish Pawar ... Subodh
Usha Bane Usha Bane ... Sharmila Pawar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arpita Chate Arpita Chate ... Meenu
Bipin Maniar Bipin Maniar ... Vinay's Father
Panna Mehta Panna Mehta ... Vinay's Mother
Mansi Multani Mansi Multani ... Nightclub Singer
Jyoti Patel Jyoti Patel ... Vinay's Sister
Sukhdas Suryawanshi Sukhdas Suryawanshi ... Sukhdev (court staff) (as Sukhdas Suryawamshi)


A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court. Written by Anonymous

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An Uncomplicated Portrayal Of The Complicated Indian Judiciary. ♦ 65%
23 April 2015 | by nairtejasSee all my reviews

Of course the judiciary is not complex for people who know. It looks complex only to the people who don't know. And Chaitanya Tamhane's debut is just that - portraying the judiciary and its invisible background from all available perspectives.

The story about a rebellious folk singer Narayan (Vira Sathidar) who finds himself on the other side of judiciary is an honest critique of the judicial system of world's largest democracy. Narayan is allegedly accused of abetting a sewage cleaner's suicide. While there is no prologue shown in particular, one will follow the plot as it advances. Then starts the real courtroom drama between the people responsible to bring out justice.

Now, the highlight of the film is it reminds us that the people involved in this drama are also human beings and have lives to live and families to care for. The plot focuses on each of these characters with ultra finesse. For example, the climactic sequence shows the carefree attitude of a character who is otherwise constantly sincere and adroit and sharp at his characteristic (portrayal), which is a major part of the judiciary. And that is the single reason why one should choose to watch the film. However, there is a shift in the focus where the plot moves to these characters, concentrating on the subject, but abandoning the protagonist. The mentality of all the people (from the judge to the stock witness) is written with extra diligence and is brought out like pieces of a pie which may not put an end to the apathy that happens around us in reality, but may at least satisfy the armchair activist the hunger he/she has sustained since long. Other than the primary story, there are at least three brief tales that attached before or after, in and around, and further adds to the experience.

Brisk, and sometimes humorous, dialogs that strike the point and take potshots at the way judicial system works in India is real pleasure to watch. And if you understand Marathi, then lo, you are in for a few hearty chuckles. The photography is irreverently smart, especially for the parts where the film takes the track of inconsequential ending, which on the other hand, may disappoint few. Plus, this is the first time I have seen such a great subtitling work. Kudos!

BOTTOM LINE: There are many reasons to watch Chaitanya Tamhane's directorial debut and the omission of an item dance is one of them. Agile yet snappy storytelling. 7/10 - recommended!

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

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Marathi | Gujarati | English | Hindi

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (India) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,806, 19 July 2015

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2.35 : 1
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