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Film Series: Court (India, 2014)

W.T. Young Library, Multipurpose Room B-108C

"Court" deals with an aged Marathi folk singer living in Mumbai, Narayan Kamble, who's arrested on a bizarre accusation.  The state alleges that a song he performed drove a manhole cleaner to commit suicide, and that he is therefore responsbile for the man's death.  The case comes to the attention of Vinay Vora (Vivek Gomber), a well-educated and well-off lawyer who picks up Narayan's fight.  He's up against the public prosecutor Nutan (Geetanjali Kulkarni), who couldn't be bothered with the plight of Narayan or the logic of the case.  Together they're in front of Judge Sadavarte (Pradeep Joshi), who doesn't care for anything except unpholding his archaic morals and interpretation of the law.  In the funniest scene in this surprisingly funny film, the Judge refuses to hear a case because the plaintiff, a woman, is wearing a sleeveless top.  There are times when it feels as though the real accused in "Court" are India's judicial system and society.   


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