This review was written by Goody Goody. A song from this movie (originally Marathi but translated in Bengali) which talked about the tyranny of governments, was sang in the Contest Week(2015) by the Class IX girls. We really appreciated the fact that the audience was so enthusiastic and demanded the Marathi version to be sung too.
A court is in session. A police is dozing off inside. Lawyers are pursuing potential clients outside. The judge refuses to hear a case of a woman whose offence is to wear a sleeveless kurti. All the procedures move very slowly. Cases get delayed by months and years with no intention to end.Quite unmistakably this is India, one of the heartland of poverty, corruption and stupidity where justice is a mere fantasy for it lies in the hands of our government.
For years the government has overlooked the needs of common people. Hypocrite politicians have done no more but filled their own pockets. Still many live in the awe of them, under the illusion of progress.
And now the very idea of democracy is threatened. Common people are even afraid to exercise their own rights. Time has come for the people to awaken.
Narayan Kamble, a Dalit activist and a folk singer tells us the same through his song when he is arrested with an irrational charge of murder where he has allegedly provoked a manhole-worker to commit suicide by his song. It is through his case the movie ‘Court’ introduces us with the other characters and along with them we get to see the rest of India.
Viney Vora, Kamble’s lawyer is an educated, open-minded and well-off man. On the other hand the public prosecutor, Nutan is a prejudiced woman, struggling to handle both her profession and responsibilities as a wife and a mother. The contrast in their backgrounds is presented through a series of day to day events.
Vora can afford to attend clubs, shop without restricted budget and even aid his poor client with money while Nutan cooks meal for her husband and children, goes to cheap hotels in weekends and can’t even imagine buying olive oil for cooking.
They are fighting each-other in court. Sitting in the judge’s chair is Justice Sadavarte, a pseudo-intellectual with strong moral principles.
The case proceeds monotonously with no thrilling arguments but the lawyers reading out some charges from a piece of paper. Yet it catches the attention of some people. They attack Vora because he had supposedly insulted an obscure tribe.
This movie represents India perfectly through the people, their mindset and its settings.
We don’t get to see the fate of Narayan Kamble in the movie. But it’s not difficult to picture him aging behind the bars while probably his case still goes on. An innocent man crushed beneath the might of the government. And who knows how many more like Narayan Kamble will be penalized?