A sewage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is arrested and accused of performing an inflammatory song, which may have incited the worker to commit suicide. The trial unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. Forging these fates are the lawyers and judge, who are observed in their personal lives beyond the theatre of the courtroom.

Curator’s sight:

Thanks to its hypnotic narration quality and the extreme care to represent the deep humanity and complexity of the characters, Court focuses on fundamental and universal issues through different levels of perception, as the meaning of life, always entangled in the aspirations of the human soul and in the ineluctable concreteness of existence in its daily minutiae, the relationship between the social roles we embody and the ones that are imposed on us, the Shakespearean vagueness and inconstancy of man.


Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane


Chaitanya Tamhane

Director of Photography

Mrinal Desai


Sambhaji Bhagat

Bonus Content

Chaitayna Tamhane
1 mins

Director Chaitayna Tamhane presents COURT