This review is going to be short. Because by this time you have either seen this movie or decided to see/not see it or have no idea about the existence of any such movie. For the uninitiated, Court is a Marathi- English (Minglish?) movie which was not only judged the Best Film at this year’s National Film awards, but has also won many accolades in other international film festivals. Should you grab this one on DVD once it releases? Read on to find out.
First things first, the movie is more about the portrayal of the main characters, rather than the plot per se. The plot is that of a Dalit activist being falsely accused of abetment to suicide of a gutter worker. If you are looking for a movie with a plot, with a definite message, an entertainment quotient or a proper climax this movie is definitely not for you. The best part of the movie is its simplicity. It’s more of a documentary rather than a feature film and the director has been very honest to keep it that way. While watching the movie I got a feel that they just left a camera at all these locations and filmed what actually happened there. We have grown up seeing the larger than life depiction of the courtroom with the typical judge (with his signature brown colored wig), prosecutors shouting “Objection milord” at every second line and “…dafa 302 ke tehet fasi di jati hai” wala dialogue at the end with the judge breaking the nib of the pen to give it a further dramatic touch.
This has nothing of that. Chaitanya Tamhane, the debutant director has shown a fairly accurate depiction of the proceedings and the characters that make up a typical sessions court room. With the courtroom drama in its center, he gives a glimpse into the lives of each of the characters present there – The public prosecutor, the judge, the accused and his lawyer. All of these subplots look realistic in keeping with the overall feel of the film. The casting is perfect. The film isn’t long and the editing is good, nowhere do you feel being dragged.
My only issue with the film was that it never leads to anything. It ends abruptly. At the end I was left wondering what exactly the director wants to convey. Probably he doesn’t intend to. Maybe there is something more to the movie than meets (my) eyes). Something that the “critics” saw and I couldn’t. I would recommend this one to those who look for the minor nuances of film making rather than the plot per se.