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Court (2014)

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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.

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Chaitanya Tamhane
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Cast

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)
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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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Country:

India

Language:

Marathi | Gujarati | English | Hindi

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Tribunal See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,806, 19 July 2015

Gross USA:

$22,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,416
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Zoo Entertainment See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Was filmed in 45 days, whereas the casting process took 6 months. See more »

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Retiwala Navra Pahije
Written by Vijay Patil
Composed by Ashok Waigankar
Remixed by Pruthu Parab
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Insightful court case in India, partly dependent on laws which should have been abolished long ago. Honest portrait of current society and people living there
11 May 2015 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this at the Rotterdam film festival 2015 (IFFR), where it was part of the Bright Future section (and indeed, it deservedly belonged in that section). In short: Very well done, in all respects. We get an inside view in the Indian legal system and also in normal life there, the latter while we follow opposing council and see how they live outside the court. And in the final scene, when the case is all over, we also follow the judge on a family trip. This final scene is somewhat detached from the core story, but its purpose becomes clear when seeing the judge on a holiday trip in family circles. It seemed a loose end, but fits nicely in the setup, after all.

The Indian legal system is portrayed very well and (as far as I can see) objectively, not leaving a bad impression behind. Prosecution and defense council act believably and competently, and each gets their say. The judge on his side goes strictly by the book. That being his role in the proceedings, I have no problem with him either. The police force is portrayed less positive, if not merely incompetent, showing tunnel vision when locating suspects and witnesses. Interestingly, typically Indian I assume, we see laws quoted from the colonial age. This is remarkable but apparently a fact of contemporary Indian life. And, as judge agrees with prosecution, it IS current law hence applies in this case. In the final Q&A, the director confirms that many laws are outdated, requiring interpretation to establish what they really mean nowadays.

I noted two loose facts from the Q&A. Firstly, the slum area we see when one of the witnesses is brought back to her family, looks true to reality. Nearly demolished places like that coexist in the same city. Secondly, as far as the actors are concerned, we learn that 90% was non-professional. For that reason, Narayan's songs are playbacked.

To conclude: Some people in Western countries may find nearly two hours running time overly long, but it did not feel that way. I think that is caused by mixing court scenes with family scenes outside the court room. As such, we see the formal proceedings indoors next to what happens outdoors in personal lives of councils and judge. Intermixing these two worlds works very well. Indeed, the story seems to drag some of the time, just like the actual court case does, but it did not hinder me at all, as there were ample developments, and last-but-not-least interesting local folklore that we would never had the chance to see if not through this movie.


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