The many many social, urban, and cultural layers of contemporary India.

In Court, a film set in modern-day Mumbai, a folksinger, Narayan Kamble (Vira Sathidar), is arrested for indirectly abetting a suicide. According to the authorities, Kamble sang a song during a show that was so dark and deep that a young sewer worker, who happened to hear it, decided to take his life. A lawyer, Vinay Vora (Vivek Gomber), takes the case and argues to the judge that the law the prosecutor, Nutan (Geetanjali Kulkarni), claims his client broke was established in the Victorian era, and so is colonial and outdated. The judge does not see it this way, and so the absurd case drags on and on.

The great thing about this work is it quietly and gradually accumulates into a brilliant comedy about contemporary India, with its many social, urban, and cultural layers: the slums, the ancient customs, the new supermarkets, the fancy nightclubs with singers who have traveled around the world. There is even a discussion about health foods between the prosecutor and a woman she meets on the train while returning home from work. Each shot in this movie is carefully crafted and contains some wonderful comic detail. The director, Chaitanya Tamhane, is clearly a genius. He has a cosmic sense of the nothingness that perpetually disrupts all human efforts to make sense of the universe and our place in it. recommended