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Guilty Minds: Director Shefali Bhushan says she visited trial courts and other courts to build an authentic courtroom scene

The Prime Video series stars Shriya Pilgaonkar, Varun Mitra, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Satish Kaushik and Namrata Sheth in major roles.

  • Ujan Chakraborty

Last Updated: 04.34 PM, Apr 26, 2022

Guilty Minds: Director Shefali Bhushan says she visited trial courts and other courts to build an authentic courtroom scene

Guilty Minds

Director Shefali Bhushan's recently released her online series, Guilty Minds, featuring Shriya Pilgaonkar and Varun Mitra. The series is the first original courtroom drama on Prime Video. It shows us the path of two bright young lawyers who frequently find themselves on different sides of the law. Every episode features the two lawyers clashing in the courtroom over issues such as copyright infringement, a self-driving car, Delhi highways, Maharashtra water shortages, and more.

Although there's been no shortage of legal dramas, the realistic representation of eyewitnesses, cross-examinations and factual presentations in the courtroom win hands down. Shefali Bhushan, who hails from a family of prominent lawyers, has used her legal knowledge and experience to create the web series about court matters and their intricacies.

Shefali, in her statement, explained that one of the most difficult experiences of working on the series was recreating the realism of the courthouse, which is typically lacking in Indian film and television. They wanted to also have a lot of diversity because there are very various courtrooms, she said while speaking about the challenges to film the series. There are lower courts, trial courts, criminal sessions courts, civil courts, high courts, and then there is the Supreme Court, and each of them looks different from one another. As a result, they wanted to maintain cases in various types of courts to give viewers an idea of how they differ. Her team and production designer went to trial courts and other courts, after which they tried to build courtrooms based on how they are in reality.

They also shot in a real court, according to Shefali. “Patiala House court is one of the places that we shot in,” she said. She decided to shoot there because it is one of the royal palaces that has been transformed into a court and the rooms have a fireplace. The set designer ended up constructing fireplaces for use in the court, which might not be noticeable. But this is the kind of minor detail that some individuals will notice if they look for it, and it allows for a greater authenticity, she further added.

Guilty Minds also features Namrata Sheth, Sugandha Garg, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and Satish Kaushik. It is streaming on Amazon Prime video currently.