Courtroom drama, a genre which is all about witty dialogue writing, had been experimented in Indian cinemas with the old flicks like Aawara, Kanooon, Mera Saaya to the films of recent times like Aitraaz, Oh My God, Veer Zaara.
And when we talk of Courtroom drama, we must start with the film that every Indian must be proud of.
Court (2014) written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane in his directorial debut, is India’s official submission for the 88th Annual Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This film looks at the Indian legal system through the trial of an ageing folk singer at a Sessions Court in Mumbai. Court premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival on 4 September 2014, where it won the Best Film in the Horizons category and the Luigi De Laurentiis (Lion Of The Future) award for Tamhane. The film went on to win 18 other awards at film festivals, including honours at the Mumbai, Vienna, Antalya, and Singapore film festivals.
Damini – Lightning (1993), film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, is considered to be the best woman centric film ever made in Bollywood along with Mother India. The story is of how a woman fights against society for justice. Damini stars Meenakshi Sheshadri in the title role alongside Sunny Deol, Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Tinu Anand, Paresh Rawal in pivotal role. Besides being critically acclaimed, the film became the sixth highest grossing of the year and was declared a ‘hit’ at the Indian box office.
Shahid (2013), is Indian Hindi biographical film written by Sameer Gautam Singh, directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Anurag Kashyap. It is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘City to City’ programme in September 2012. It won the National Film Award for Best Actor and Best Director at the 61st National Film Awards ceremony.
Jolly LLB (2013) is Indian Hindi courtroom comedy drama film, written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. The film stars Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Amrita Rao in lead roles. The film revolves around the early life of Lawyer Jagdish Tyagi aka Jolly and focuses on his attempt to earn 6 innocent wage earners their rights and his journey against the monopolistic behavior of the rich and judicial corruption. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, while Saurabh Shukla also won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
OMG – Oh My God! (2012), written by Akshay Kumar and Umesh Shukla and directed by Umesh Shukla, is an Indian satirical comedy, adapted from a Gujarati stage-play entitled Kanji Virudh Kanji. The film features Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, along with Mithun Chakraborty in pivotal role. The film has won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 60th National Film Awards.
P.S. National Law Day, also known as Constitution Day (since 2015), in India is celebrated on 26 November. It marks the anniversary of the drafting of the constitution by the constituent assembly in 1949.
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