With the rise of OTT in the country, there has been a flood of genres and content. One of the many popular genres in India is legal drama or legal thriller which has been doing well with the Indian audience.
Here is a curation of five Indian courtroom dramas that you cannot miss watching.
Criminal Justice is based on the 2008 British television series of the same name. The first instalment was written by Shridhar Raghavan and was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia released in April 2019. The show stars Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka and Mita Vashisht in lead roles.
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The second instalment titled Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors was written by Apurva Asrani and directed by Sippy and Arjun Mukerjee. The series stars Tripathi, Kirti Kulhari, Khushboo Atre and Jisshu Sengupta in the lead which released in December 2020.
The third instalment titled Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach stars Tripathi, Swastika Mukherjee, Shweta Basu Prasad, and Purab Kohli. The story follows the murder case of a teenage celebrity and a juvenile is suspected to be the main culprit in the case.
The 2014 Marathi legal drama film Court, the directorial debut of Chaitanya Tamhane, won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film at the 62nd National Film Awards. Through the Mumbai Sessions Court trial of an ageing protest singer Narayan Kamble, the film examines the Indian legal system. Kamble is accused in the suicide case of a manhole worker for allegedly encouraging him to do so through one of his folk songs. The film went on to win as many as 18 awards including several international film festivals.
The 2021 Tamil legal drama film Jai Bhim stars Suriya, Lijomol Jose and Manikandan, with Rajisha Vijayan, Prakash Raj, and Rao Ramesh, among others. The film is based on a true incident which involves a case fought by Justice K. Chandru in 1993. The case revolves around the lives of Sengeni and Rajakannu, a couple belonging to the Irular tribe and deals with the subject of police bias and state violence against the marginalised community. The film was available for screening at the 94th Academy Awards.
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Written by Soojit Sircar, the 2016 legal thriller film Pink stars Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, and Andrea Tariang. The film revolves around three independent women working in Delhi and living together get into a clash with three affluent men at a party involving sexual harassment, kidnapping and physical attack. The film stirred the conversation of “consent” and the meaning of “No” and went on to win the 64th National Film Awards, Pink won the category of Best Film on Other Social Issues.