From Amitabh to Arshad Warsi: Bollywood actors that played lawyers on screen
Bollywood has graced the silver screen with some riveting courtroom dramas, which saw actors put up some compelling performances as lawyers. Such films, like the Jolly LLB franchise, have found a huge fan following, and rightfully so. With reports surfacing about the making of Jolly LLB 3 featuring Arshad Warsi and Akshay Kumar together, let’s revisit some other popular films which saw actors give some conviction-filled performances as lawyers:
Last Updated: 12.06 PM, Aug 24, 2022
Amitabh Bachchan in Pink
Pink is a 2016 legal thriller that features Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang and Angad Bedi in lead roles. It features the story of three young women who get involved with three men and the events that unfurl which take a toll on their lives. The women are accused of murder, prostitution and taking money while the boys are deemed not guilty. Amitabh plays the lawyer of these three girls and tries to bring justice to them. The film is a subtle commentary on the stereotypes women are subject to. A must-watch that is available on Disney+Hotstar.
Arshad Warsi in Jolly LLB
The very popular Jolly LLB features Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao in lead roles. It focuses on a lawyer’s fight against the corrupt justice system and the evil practices of those in power. It focuses on his attempt to secure the rights of six innocent wage earners. Jolly LLB became found its name among the classics of Bollywood. With Arshad Warsi’s power-packed performance and also for the film’s fresh plotline, the film is a must-watch that is available on Disney+Hotstar.
Akshaye Khanna in Section 375: Marzi Ya Zabardasti?
The 2019 legal thriller film is based on Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code. The film stars Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadda, Meera Chopra and Rahul Bhat in lead roles. Akshaye plays the role of Tarun Saluja who fights against Richa Chadha (Hiral Gandhi) in a rape case. He tampers with evidence and plays with the technicalities of law. He perfectly suits the part and looks effortless on screen. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Rajkummar Rao in Shahid
The 2012 biographical drama film Shahid is directed by Hansal Mehta. It features the life of Shahid Azmi, a lawyer and a human rights activist who was assassinated in 2010. Rajkummar Rao features in the lead role and plays the role of the lawyer who fights for the activist. His court scenes are gut-wrenching and powerful which make a mark on your psyche. A must-watch that is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Akshay Kumar in Jolly LLB 2
Jolly LLB 2 was a sequel to the very popular Jolly LLb released in 2013. Akshay Kumar featured in the lead role in the film alongside Huma Qureshi who played his lady love. The film sees Akshay as a lawyer who fights the case of a fake encounter involving a corrupt police officer. Akshay is flawless in his performance and brings both the emotions of courage and naivety when his character demands. Stream the film on Disney+Hotstar.
Sushmita Sen in Main Aisa Hi Hoon
Ajay Devgn plays an autistic young man in this 2005 family drama. He fights for the custody of his daughter and encounters Sushmita who helps him with his case. The film showcases her own struggles in her personal life while excelling in her career. She gives an incredibly poised and dignified performance that is both mature and compelling.
Rani Mukerji in Veer-Zaara
The 2004 romantic drama is about Veer, played by Shah Rukh Khan, who travels to Pakistan to save his lady love Zara played by Preity Zinta. Veer gets wrongly framed as an Indian spy and spends 22 years in a Pakistani prison before meeting Rani Mukherjee, a lawyer who decides to take up his case. She is determined to bring justice to Veer and get him back to his country. Though Rani only enters the movie in the second half, her performance is powerful and truly makes a mark on the legacy of the film. Her courtroom scenes are packed with emotions and serve as one of the film's highlights. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
Last Updated: 12.06 PM, Aug 24, 2022
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