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Bollywood Kanoon, Adalat and Vakil... Contd.

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But remember this is a country for whom courtrooms - even live, as in the OJ Simpson case - were prime rated shows and where Earl Stanley Gardner and John Grisham are among the best selling authors of all time.

In the 90s, Hindi cinema suddenly moved away from blood and gore to candyfloss romance and the courtroom scene was pushed to the periphery. At one time, every big shooting studio had a permanent courtroom set. Now there are just four permanent courtroom sets in Mumbai and I had difficulty booking them to shoot Bombay Lawyers.

Yet, this too shall change. In the post 2000, post Lagaan period, no one genre of films dominates. Scripts are becoming central and the story is king. I believe it is just a matter of time before courtroom scenes and indeed entire films based on courtroom dramas make a comeback.

On television, Bombay Lawyers is one such attempt. This time, I'm sure our writers and directors will portray the courtroom in a much more realistic manner in both form and substance.

The much reviled 'Milord!' and the black coat will be back on screen - but this time, he shall speak the language of the life.

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