Regional films are often relegated to the sidelines when compared to the more glamorous and perceived world of cinema. Well, that’s the choice you and me have made (grins!). But, now and then, I have seen quality scripts coming out from the regional world of cinema that deserves subjugation of twin elements – money and media. ‘Court’ is one such film that inclines me towards the deprived vicinities of this glorious silver screen.
A local artist who claims himself to be a folk singer and a teacher with a past of tiny little political affiliations, 2 lawyers and a judge, slithering appearances of ad-hoc nature. With such an abysmal line of casting, it’s quite amazing how the film begins to shape itself with the judicious realities of life. The plot is not about the characters the actors play, the characters are in itself a plot that courageously spades through the context of each other’s lives. They don’t collide, but have this inconvenient resemblance in terms of how their lives have been raised amidst colossal grapevine.
It does have this unscrupulous similarity with the classic ’12 Angry Men’, though the spectacular film cum documentary witnessed some iconic conversations that define the law book in terms of questioning skills and eliminating the veracious factors. ‘Court’ is more of a monologue fabric wherein the characters are generally submissive about the facts but intention is to be fair and kind. It is also the ultimate reflection of our famed judicial system that’s so hopelessly driven by toothache evidences and situational grievances.
‘Court’ clearly established the consortium of values and relationships that form the very basis for a human being to judge, navigate, negotiate and conclude. On the contrary, the ‘accused’ isn’t the only accused around. The judge, the lawyers, the cops, the witnesses – all involved components have their own derivation of justice, and in a society rammed by diversities, our conclusions are the remains of how, why and who. Inclusively, these components arrive from the respective layers of the societies each of us belong to.
‘Court’ is a tribute to the world of cinema. Equally, it’s a disdain to the laws we are governed by.