420 IPC Movie Review The best thing about 420 IPC is that there is no exaggeration or excess in the court or court proceedings seen here. The film progresses simply in the style of heads and tails of legal maneuvers.
Manoj Vashishtha, New Delhi. There is no dearth of courtroom drama films in Hindi cinema. From BR Chopra’s iconic ‘Kaanoon’ to ‘Damini’ and ‘Meri Jung’ to Akshay Kumar’s ‘Jolly LLB’ and the latest Tamil film ‘Jai Bheem’… there have been many courtroom dramas. In between, the name of the much talked about Marathi film ‘Court’ can also be included in the important list of courtroom drama films.
There are many legal dramas present on OTT platforms also in the form of web series and films. In such a situation, another courtroom drama has come on ZEE5 – 420 IPC. Barring a few films, most of the courtroom dramas seem to be laced with heavy dialogues, over-dramatization and unnecessary heroism inside the courts, for which they received a lot of love and applause from the audience.
The best thing about 420 IPC is that there is no exaggeration or excess in the court or court proceedings seen here. The film progresses with simplicity in the style of heads and tails of legal maneuvers and gradually connects the audience with its story. A seemingly simple case becomes very big by the climax and the film ends at a logical end.
The five main characters at the center of the story are Bansi Keswani (Vinay Pathak), Birbal Chaudhary (Rohan Vinod Mehra), Savak Jamshedji (Ranveer Shorey), Pooja Keswani (Gul Panag) and Neeraj Sinha (Arif Zakaria). Bansi Keswani, who lives a middle-class lifestyle and is deeply in debt to the bank, is a chartered accountant with some high-profile clients. One of them is MMRDA Deputy Director Sandesh Bhosle.
Bhosale is accused of embezzling Rs 1200 crore from a bridge construction project being built at a cost of Rs 3000 crore in Airoli area of Mumbai. CBI arrests him. During the investigation, CBI also interrogates Bansi Keswani. Searches the house. But when she doesn’t find anything, she lets him go. Two months after this incident, Bansi gets into a new trouble.
One of his clients, Neeraj Sinha, accuses Bansi of stealing three checks worth Rs 50 lakh each. Neeraj is a big builder of Mumbai and Bansi used to handle his accounts and was a trustworthy person. Police investigation begins. All three checks are recovered in Bansi’s one-room office, where apart from Bansi, only one assistant sits. Bansi is sent to judicial custody. The trial begins. Birbal Chaudhary fights Bansi’s case. Birbal is a bright young lawyer, who is searching for name and position for himself. He does not consider it wrong to do a little manipulation to win the case.
Public Prosecutor Savak Jamsetji is an experienced and dynamic lawyer, who impresses even the judges. Jamsetji is also the CBI lawyer in the MMRDA case. The subsequent film is based on the courtroom maneuvers between these two characters and Birbal’s investigation to save his client, which leads to many shocking revelations. Layers of characters of Bansi Keswani, Pooja Keswani and Neeraj Sinha are revealed. To know the hidden secrets of all these characters, it is better to watch the film yourself.
Generally, courtroom dramas are made on murder, rape or fight against the system, but in 420 IPC, the center of court drama is economic crime. Without wasting any time, the film gets to the point as soon as it starts. After the CBI’s interrogation of Bansi Keswani, it seems how the film will progress, but then the story is taken forward by bringing a twist in it through the screenplay, the threads of which are connected to the incident that happened in the beginning in the climax.
The simplicity and realism of the film’s scenes impresses. Manish Gupta has written and directed the film. Earlier he had written section 375. On an emotional level, the story of 420 IPC is not as intense and sharp as Section 375, but the performances of the actors and some twists have taken care of the film.
All the actors look comfortable in their respective characters and do their work within the limits of the character. There does not seem to be a hurry to show forced heroism in any character. Vinay Pathak, Ranveer Shorey, Gul Panag and Arif Zakaria are capable actors and know how to get into the characters well. This is the second film of Rohan Vinod Mehra.
Incidentally, his debut was also with Bazaar, an economic crime story. Rohan struggled a bit to get into the character of a struggling up-and-coming lawyer in this film. Perhaps due to lack of continuity in the writing regarding his character, the departure seems to be lost at some places. With a running time of 98 minutes, the film neither feels dragged out nor incomplete. 420 IPC in the comfort of home could be an option for this weekend.
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