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Saudi Vellaka and Indian Judiciary

Aysha Rawther, the central character of Tharun Moorthy’s second directorial experiment #SaudiVellakka, is the representative of the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives are getting toiled and paled in the stressful suffocation of the dust-filled rooms of the Courts and is a painful reminder to the grief-stricken journey of their beloved ones, whose faces got wrinkled with ages and anguish, resembling the creased case sheets and faded argument notes, along with the long drawn meaningless legal trauma. Beyond the cliché ‘Justice delayed is justice denied, the movie is deep enough to bring out the soreness, agony, torture, weakness and helplessness of the victims and portrays the remorse of the commoner for the mistake of choosing the warpath of law over the route of compromise, to get justice for their worries.

The passionate spectacle brought out the litigation mindset of the people and the emotional side of the meaningless long-drawn legal battles; no smiling faces remained at the end of the day, whether it was the winner or the loser. It successfully shed light on the poor stature and pathetic infrastructure of the Indian judicial system, the crumpling third pillar of the Constitution, upon which the commoner is trying to trace their solace.

The judicial systems of India are clogged with the vast number of cases pending before various courts, and the courtrooms are flooded with insensitive systems and procedures, where the very intent of delivering justice is getting defeated. The lousy attitude of the Government towards creating adequate infrastructure is crushing the peace of mind of victims on the long road towards justice, where there is no option left to forgive and forget. To mitigate the hurdles on the way towards justice, there is no doubt about the requirement to revamp the existing judicial infrastructure of the nation by increasing the number of courtrooms and judges, extending the working hours, providing adequate support staff, doing away with month-long holiday calendars and much more, but above all, providing legal education to the commoner, who often falls victim to the judicial extravaganza. Though the lack of sufficient number of judges and courtrooms can be depicted as the primary culprit of the ‘delayed justice’, the real reason behind the elongated and traumatic legal encounters is the litigative mentality of the commoner, coupled with his ego to repent on his mistakes and his inability to forgive the mistakes of others. The movie's storyline can easily be related by someone who is connected with the judiciary, whether as a judge or as counsel, plaintiff or defendant, where by the end of the day, all of them are mere victims.

The efforts behind the #SaudiVellaka are commendable for its strong storylines, realistic characterisation, powerful screenplay, beautiful picturisation and excellent making coupled with the commendable contribution of the entire cast and crew, especially the storytelling skills of the craftsman Mr Tharun Moorthy.

Adv. Bijoy P Pulipra

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