Chaitanya Tamhane’s National Award-winning film seems more relevant today than when it released, says Sreehari Nair. IMAGE: Viewed three years later, the courtroom at the centre of Court seems less like the movie’s actual subject, and more like a cauldron for holding its various interlocking forces.The picture’s true concerns, as now evident, are the nature of democracy, and the nature of man. What do you do about an emotional question that’s phrased all technically — in this case, a question about a dead husband’s ‘Mental Condition’? If you’re like Sharmila Pawar, you take the question and render it pointless. Sharmila lives so close to the earth that she can only approximate her own age — a lawyer prods her, and she settles on the number ’30’. … Next »
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