To be honest, nobody likes to be ever in a court or would desire to fall into a legal affair that drags him or her into court. On the contrary to that, we do like watching films based on courtroom drama and lawyers in particular.
Despite being one of the favoured types of films in India, the genre is not much explored as there are only a few films covering this topic. The reason I believe is that to create good court trials based drama film, you need a great script, lots of groundwork, and most importantly logic, so the technicality is no way disturbed or altered throughout the film.
Every courtroom drama film has to go through a procedure and follow the real life guidelines when it comes to law and courtroom ethics. Yet, Bollywood has been successful in making few marvels in this genre and today I will be sharing some of the best Bollywood films based on lawyers and Courtroom life.
Best Courtroom Drama Films in Bollywood
Kanoon is a 1960 Hindi court room drama film directed by B.R. Chopra. The title of the film means “The Law” in Hindi and it is well understood what the film will be about. Basically, the film revolves around a case against capital punishment believing that witnesses can be deceived, sometimes resulting in a wrong conviction. The film stars Ashok Kumar as the Judge, while Rajendra Kumar plays a defence lawyer as well as the would-be son-in-law of the Judge. The film is also regarded as the second song-less film in India.
Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962)
Directed by Shankar Mukherjee, Baat Ek Raat Ki is a 1962 film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in leading roles. The film opens with Neela, portrayed by Waheeda Rehman, being in custody accused of committing a murder. Assuming that she did commit the murder, she even confessed to it. However, renowned lawyer Rajeshwar, played by Dev Anand, decides to defend her as he believes that there’s much more to the case that it seems. Whether he is successful at defending her or not forms the rest of the story.
Waqt is not entirely a courtroom drama film; however, it does make it to our list because of the final sequences of the film which is dominated by a courtroom trial. Directed by Yash Chopra, Waqt is a 1965 disaster film with a huge multi-star cast including Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Achala Sachdev, and Rehman. Waqt is also considered as a film that re-introduced the concept of lost and found in Bollywood that was first seen in the 1943 film Kismat.
Andha Kanoon (1983)
Andha Kanoon is a 1983 film that actually takes a shot at how manipulative Indian Law can be. The theme of the film can be anticipated with its title itself that means “Blind Law” in Hindi. Directed by T. Rama Rao; the film talks about many facets of law failing to bring justice, thanks to the loopholes and weakness of law in India. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Hema Malini, Amrish Puri, Reena Roy, Prem Chopra, Pran, Danny Denzongpa, Madan Puri, and Asrani. The film also marks the debut of South Superstar Rajnikanth in Bollywood.
Meri Jung (1985)
Meri Jung is one of the best court drama action drama films I have ever seen. It is also one of the best inspiring movies of all time as it talks about willpower and hard work. Directed by Subhash Ghai, Meri Jung is 1985 film that tells the story of a lawyer Arun Kumar, portrayed by Anil Kapoor, who becomes a lawyer to avenge his father’s death who became a victim of corrupt criminal lawyer G.D. Thakral, played by Amrish Puri. The film has many courtroom sequences with certain twists and mysteries. The film also stars Meenakshi Sheshadri, Nutan, Javed Jaffrey, Parikshat Sahni, etc.
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Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986)
Basically, a remake of Golden Bear award winning 1957 film 12 Angry Men, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla is a 1986 Hindi film directed by Basu Chatterjee. The film is entirely based on a courtroom trial where the accused is a teenager who is arrested for stabbing his own father to death. Now, the jury of 12 men has to decide whether their verdict is guilty or not guilty. The film actually takes us to the behind the door courtroom drama where the jurors argue for various different reasons. Some being legitimate, while the others simply because they want to get it done with.
If you liked the dialogue “Dhai Kilo Ka Hath” by Sunny Deol, then you must have most probably watched the 1983 crime thriller Damini. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film revolves around Damini, who is the prime witness of a rape committed by her own brother-in-law and his friends. The film is about Damini’s struggle to get justice for the raped victim, while all her family goes against her including her husband and parents. Despite the film being about Damini, as the title suggests, the real drama starts when Sunny Deol, who plays a failed advocate at the hands of corrupt lawmakers, enters the scene. His punchy dialogues and persona in the film steal the show completely earning him the Best Supporting Actor award at the 1993 Filmfare Awards as well as National Film Award in the same year.
Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta (2001)
Well, Govinda is notable for so many comedy films, however, Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta doesn’t make it to his top 10 lists of successful films. The main reason being that he has delivered so many hits in this genre that almost all of his films seem identical to one another. A remake of 1997 Hollywood film Liar Liar, Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta is not an exception either. However, because he plays a lawyer in the film, I had to add it to the list. The film also stars Sushmita Sen, Anupam Kher, Mohnish Behl, Rambha, Ashish Vidyarthi and many others in important roles.