“Law and Order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”
-Martin Luther King. Jr
As we approach closer towards the release of the Akshay Kumar-Huma Qureshi starter Jolly LLB 2, its time to discuss the loopholes and lacunae, our judiciary system is filled with. The rich and prosperous, walk away freely and the poor and underprivileged have to suffer till their last breath.
Cinema, being one of the most powerful mediums in the country, has portrayed some hard hitting and gritty courtroom dramas in the last few years. Many were melodramatic and unnecessarily loud, few of them painted a realistic canvas of what truly happens in the so called Insaaf Ka Mandir. So will our Jolly be able to march ahead of these memorable films or vanish in the air of oblivion?
We’ll find that out on the 13th of Feb, till then, here I shoot the list-
- DAMINI (1993)
Despite its in-your-face and over-the-top tone, Damini makes it to the list because of its earnestness. The domestic help of a woman’s house is molested and nobody is ready to testify in court. Come Sunny Deol, with his powerful and enthralling dialogues and not to forget his Dhai Kilo ka Haath. Easily one of the most popular courtroom dramas, watch Damini for some claptrap dialougebaazi and intense exchange of words between the good and the evil.
- VEER-ZAARA (2004)
To juxtapose unrequited love and fiery passion with an intense and intriguing courtroom drama can be both challenging and catastrophic. Well, trust the master storyteller YASH Chopra to narrate any tale with effortless ease and unmatched sincerity. Rani Mukherjee Chopra, who defended the case of a man imprisoned illegally, gave both heart and soul and delivered an emotionally stirring performance. The film is remembered today as a love saga, but the courtroom scenes are equally memorable.
Unquestionably one of the most relevant and important films in recent times, PINK was a scathing attack on the hypocrisy and the degraded mindsets of the male sex. Shocking, disturbing and affecting, this cinematic experience was truly an emotional roller-coaster. Sir Amitabh Bachchan’s depiction of a retired lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder was unlikely any character you’d seen before. The most heartfelt performances came from the three protagonists, who made their sorrows and anguish fully palpable and relatable.
- SHAHID (2013)
Any synonym associated with the word powerful can be equated with Hansal Mehta’s Shahid, a film so gripping; chances are you won’t move from your seats till the end credits begin to roll. Rajkumar Rao, a tremendously gifted actor, played the role of the real life prisoner turned lawyer, Shahid Azmi. The courtroom scenes were realistic and authentic to the T. A far cry from those loud monologues and melodramatic punches, Shahid still remains one of the most poignant and unmissable courtroom dramas.