Watched a couple of movies this weekend. Both were about seeking and delivering justice via the legal route. However, turns out that truth & justice are relative - they are not black and white terms as we are used to believing. The human bias, mass sentiment and flawed assumptions always create havoc in the path of true justice.
Jana Gana Mana
This malayalam movie is simply awesome. The movie literally unravels like the layers of an onion and makes you cry (figuratively) more and more as it unravels. What starts as an obvious case of crime against a woman, slowly escalates into discrimination, bureaucratic corruption and attempt to mask the reality underneath massive public outcry. One should always question what one hears in media, never blindly trust the law upholders, ask pertinent questions and only then arrive at any judgement. Our legal system is in place for a reason; justice should be served after rigorous research and meticulous thought; not like instant coffee.
The film is definitely influenced by many real-life incidents,
especially the 2019 Hyderabad gang rape case and the ‘extrajudicial
execution’ that followed the incident. It shows what exactly is the
problem with the police breaking the law through these actions.
Both protagonists Suraj Venjaramoodu and Prithviraj Sukumaran have done abundant justice to their respective roles, and the crew behind the film also deserves applause aplenty, for boldly narrating such a relevant story on screen.
Its a serious and thought-provoking movie that addresses the many gaps within the Indian society and legal system. Watch with sub-titles - it has mix of Hindi & English too, so easy to understand.
This 2023 Hindi who-dun-it (remake of Tamil film 'Thadam') starts off showing the killer clearly. However, as the police start investigating the murder, they come across two possible suspects who look exactly like each other. The movie flicks through the lives of both, in flashback, and eventually the relationship between the two is established. However, the scales keep tipping between which of the 2 suspects is the murderer, so much so that eventually, the case drags in court for 6 months with no concrete decision made!
Every tool in the book of investigation viz. crime scene recreation, forensics, alibis, motive, surprise witnesses etc. is exhausted to no avail. The climax offers the solution and the reasoning behind the crime, as well as, the clever fogging of truth. The plot twists and the grip of the movie is retained till the very end.
Aditya Roy Kapur as the look-alike has performed both his roles extremely well. Both the emotional as well as the intellectual personalities are portrayed convincingly by him. The two investigators, Ronit Roy as well as Mrunal Thakur, are both extremely smart & seasoned at their jobs but get distracted by their personal biases due to which they are defeated.
All in all, its a must-watch movie for the nail-biting clash of wills and wits between the cops and the (possible) criminals.