Way down deep in the belly of the Judicial system,at the sessions court, the lawyers lurk, Gavels bang on the desks and sleeveless tops are not allowed, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is not the usual courtroom drama. This film follows the court case of Marathi ‘Lokshair’ (folk singer) Narayan Kamble, who wishes to reach the common folk through music. If you indeed are a movie buff and have not watched Court, allow us to convince you of its qualities.
Realistic: Tamhane shatters our dramatic and theatrical image of judicial on-goings. The events that occur in the Nagpada sessions courts are shockingly ordinary. He proves that substance wins over style and achieves that without making the film any less interesting.
Funny & Entertaining: This film is scattered with implied jokes you will enjoy and perhaps relate to. From parental interest in who you’re dating to the disinterest of the authorities that work for the people.
Memorable Songs: “When we perform, we become the voice of the people.”, said Shirish Pawar, an actor (plays Subodh in Court). The songs in this film are brilliant, they compel you to tap along. Complete with the roaring Dholki and the resounding Harmonium you will enjoy the Marathi Povada.
Unconventional: The Director aimed at making the events in the film seem as close to reality as possible. The wide-angle shots and subtle change in coloration used creates an absorbing effect. Hence the film looks and feels very different.
Thought Provoking:There are several films that often amuse us, but very few that bemuse us. Tamhane delivers an eye-opening view of the Indian Legal system at the lowest levels. A place where justice is delivered but feels like punishment instead. Not for a second will you remove your thinking cap during this film.
Tamhane has tried to show us how the people in power try to control us, while making us believe that it is not as terrible as it sounds. Court is the kind of film in Indian cinema that every avid movie-goer should not miss.
– By Gargi Kowli.