Chaitanya Tamhane’s film ‘Court’ has won several awards at International film festivals. It has also won
the National Award for Best Feature film. So, obviously, there were very high expectations from this
film. And does this film stand true to all the expectations? Yes, it does.
In the film, a sewage worker commits suicide and a folk singer is held responsible for his death. There
is a court case against him, accusing him for abeting the worker's suicide. So, ‘Court’ presents the
functioning style as well lifestyle of lawyers, the public prosecutors and the judge. So, we witness the
slow and lethargic working style of the court administration, which educates the audience about the
stagnancy of the system. The entire focus is on the behavior and attitude of people, lending it the
realistic air which has ensured that this film wins allocades.
The director has depicted the family life of the Judges, which is very different from other filmmakers.
The way he has shown the wife of the deceased worker demanding a job during the hearing, is certainly
the best scene in this film.
Veera Sakshidar, the Nagpur based folk artist, has done full justice to the character played by him in
this film. The audience quickly correlates with his character throughout the film. Gitanjali Kulkarni
and Vivek Gombar (the producers of this film), have portrayed the roles of lawyers in this film
convincingly. In fact, most of the characters look very natural, which was so important for presentation
of this film.
All in all, this songless film ‘Court’ offers a feast for the intelligent audience who look at cinema as
a creative field. Such films with a different subject, are the need of the hour.
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