If you’ve been wondering when we will have our own version of such iconic legal drama shows as ‘The Practice’, and the ‘Law And Order’ franchise, here comes the all-desi, hugely entertaining and thought-provoking Guilty Minds, directed by Shefali Bhushan and Jayant Digambar Somalkar.
What’s most striking about the show, which runs ten episodes, is how real it feels despite the dollops of drama inherent in its stories. All those thundering verbal duels and colourful speeches between rival lawyers, and jousting presiding judges that we’ve seen in so many of our mainstream movies are replaced by matter-of-fact cross-examination of witnesses, or a straight-forward presentation of facts. Where, oh where are all those ‘dhai kilo ka haath’, and ‘mi-laard’ type of dialogues, and witnesses who are ‘khaoing Geeta ki kasam’ galore? Where are all the rattling sabres? I almost fell upon lines featuring ‘mere kaabil dost’ and ‘my learned friend’, with relief. Not everything about those movies was a lie. Phew.
Cast: Shriya Pilgaonkar, Varun Mitra, Karishma Tanna, Sugandha Garg
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