Synopsis: A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Chaitanya Tamhane
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  15 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min



On the creepers, the flowers,

It laughs gently, the butterfly.

Tiny, colourful wings,

It sways and swings, the butterfly.

Her small eyes, shimmer and shine,

Like rounded gems, the butterfly.

I try to catch her, alas,

She flutters away, the butterfly.



Fill in the blanks.

Dash is the largest state in India...


Dash is the largest continent in the world...


Dash is the longest river in India...


Wrong, Brahmaputra.

Sorry, Brahmaputra.

Dash is the oldest mountain range in India...

(Indistinct chatter)

Don't forget to do your homework.

Yes...I'm coming.

Reaching in five minutes.


CULTURAL PROTEST MEE (Traditional folk song)

Thank you Miratai...

And now coming to perform for us

is people's poet, Narayan Kamble.

Listen brother!

Oh brother...

My dear brother!

Pandemonium is here,

Time to rise and revolt

Time to know your enemy,

Time to know your enemy

Tough times are here,

We're uprooted from our soil

This era of blindness,

Has gouged our eyes

Agent appears a crook,

An owl resembles a peacock

A giant becomes babyish,

A baby turns into a giant

The good ones are forgotten,

The good for nothings, praised

The enemy...

The enemy is all-destructive,

Yet we sing his praise

Time to know your enemy,

Time to know your enemy

Satan is blank and white,

Your life trapped in his vice

Colour is his weapon of choice,

As death raises its voice

Colours play a game of dice,

The rules are divisive

Humanity is in its cage,

It burns, it disintegrates

Colours that multicolour,

Colours that discolour

The colour, it breaks,

Now it looks fake

You are stupefied,

How much will you forsake

These dense jungles,

These rusty jungles

Religious jungles,

Casteist jungles

Racist jungles,

Nationalist jungles

On this deathly night,

We lose all our senses

Hands bruised and burnt...

Hands bruised and burnt,

Get a gift of boiling wax

Time to know your enemy,

Time to know your enemy

The delusion of illusion,

Money, it reigns supreme

Has turned man into a mongrel,

This mongrel has 17 breeds

The blood is infested with hunger,

Will this hunger be content, ever?

The search for happiness is on,

But all directions are blurred

This razzle dazzle,

Yes brother

This razzmatazz,

Yes brother

This scam sham,

Yes brother

These fancy malls,

Yes brother

Free for all,

Yes brother

This great fall,

Yes brother

Scam sham, huge malls,

Great Fall, Great Fall

Malady and gluttony,

Gluttony and malady

What's going on?

Stop this!


(Indistinct chatter)

Where do I find Pradeep Shelke?

There, in that mom.

Pradeep Shelke?

One minute please.

Can you fill the rest of the form outside?

Okay sir.

But please look into it.

I will.

Hello sir.


Have a seat.

Tell me.

I wanted to speak to you

about Narayan Kamble's arrest.

Are you his relative?

No. His lawyer.

- What is your name?

- Vinay Vora.

Can we meet him?

No, we've sent him to Jogeshwari.

We don't have a holding cell here.

- You are the investigating officer, right?

- Yes.

On what charges was he arrested?

Didn't you tell him?

He was right there.

What did you tell us?

You didn't tell us anything.

No, I told him.

I had gone with the warrant.

- Can I see the warrant?

- Sure.

One minute.


Abetment of suicide?

Who committed suicide?

A man from the Sitladevi slums.


A manhole worker called Vasudev.


Just last week, Narayan Kamble and his boys

had performed in that very slum.

- Am I right?

- Yes.

In one of his songs, Kamble incited

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Chaitanya Tamhane

Chaitanya Tamhane (born 1 March 1987) is an Indian filmmaker, known for the 2014 courtroom drama Court. It was announced as India's official submission for the 88th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an aging folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai. Court is Tamhane's directorial debut for a feature length film. His previous work includes the short film Six Strands, of which he was also the writer and director, as well as producer. For Court, Tamhane was nominated for best screenwriter at the 9th Asian Film Awards and won best director at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival, among many other awards and honors. more…

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