Best Bollywood Courtroom Dramas on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and Zee5
Best Bollywood Courtroom Dramas

From Damini to Section 375: Best Bollywood Courtroom Dramas streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, and Zee5.

There’s nothing quite like a thrilling courtroom drama that makes you analyze the details and guess the truth before anyone else can, or keeps you on your toes as you pray for justice. The genre, which features mysterious fictional cases and surfaces old real-life conspiracies alike, has found favor with millions of cinema-goers across the world. The drama, the vendetta, and the tension till the judgment is announced are what truly make these films fascinating, intriguing, and gripping. We bring to you a list of the best courtroom dramas of Bollywood to keep you engaged and entertained. 

Aakrosh (1980)

Many of you wouldn’t be surprised to see this name on the list. Govind Nihalani’s directional debut Aakrosh is the story of a poor man belonging to a tribal community who was falsely framed for killing his wife. Supposedly based on a true incident, the film was a harsh satire on the corruption in the judicial system and the victimization of the impoverished by the powerful.

The film boasts of a supremely talented cast including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, and Amrish Puri. Aakrosh is probably the best court drama Indian cinema has produced. It won the 1980 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and several Filmfare Awards.

Director: Govind Nihalani

Cast: Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, and Amrish Puri.

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Mulk (2018)

The film follows Murad Ali Mohammed and his daughter-in-law, who try to prove their innocence after their family was accused of having ties with extremist groups when Mohammed’s son joins a terrorist outfit. It focuses on some hard-hitting and burning issues, while also highlighting the crucial role that the media and various other channels of information play in disseminating the right news and facts to its citizens. 

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Rishi Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Ashutosh Rana, Pratiek Babbar 

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Where to watch: Zee5

Jolly LLB 2 (2017)

The film follows Jagadishwar Mishra, who after a tragic incident decides to set aside his casual dishonesty and metamorphose into a formidable legal activist. It is alternately amusing and moving and has its moments, poignant, profound, and political. Overall, the film is worth your time and will prove to be an engaging watch.

Director: Subhash Kapoor

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Annu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Sayani Gupta

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar 

No One Killed Jessica (2010)

Based on the Jessica Lal murder case, the film follows Sabrina Lal, who along with Meera, an investigative journalist, seeks justice for her sister Jessica, who was murdered by the son of an influential politician. It is a remarkable blend of facts and fiction inspired by a series of real-life episodes presented engagingly with a pinch of melodrama.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta

Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan, Myra Karn, Rajesh Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Where to watch: Netflix 

Jolly LLB (2013)

The film follows Jolly, a struggling lawyer, who comes upon a hit-and-run case and decides to fight for the victims. It has an engaging screenplay that is filled with laugh-out-loud and heartwrenching scenes in equal measure and surely makes for a must-watch.

Director: Subhash Kapoor

Cast: Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Amrita Rao, Saurabh Shukla

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar 

Damini (1993)

The film follows Damini, who after witnessing her housemaid being raped by her brother-in-law and his friends, strives to get justice for her with the help of her husband and Govind, a lawyer. The film breaks social taboos and handles the subject of rape with sensitivity; a rarity in Bollywood at the time. Damini is one of the best courtroom dramas of Bollywood. 

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi

Cast: Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sunny Deol, Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Tinnu Anand

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Where to watch: Amazon Prime 

OMG- Oh My God! (2012)

The film follows Kanji, an atheist, who sues the almighty in the court of law after his shop gets destroyed in an earthquake. It has a brave and absorbing blend of satire, fable, and fantasy that brings our attention to the misuse and commercialization of religion.

Director: Umesh Shukla

Cast: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chak, Gopal Namdev, Tisca Chopra

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Where to watch: Netflix 

Section 375 (2019)

The film disputes the legal provisions of the Indian Penal Code 375 that define conditions under which a sexual offence can be defined as rape. It is a relevant film that tackles a complex issue and one that will engage, inform and open up debates and it proves to be a gripping watch with a crisp runtime and top-notch performances.

Director: Ajay Bahl

Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chaddha, Rahul Bhat, Meena Chopra

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Where to watch: Amazon Prime 

Pink (2016)

The film follows Minal, who along with her group of friends, takes help from a retired lawyer in order to take action against a politician’s nephew for molesting her. It grips you still with a gently piercing background score, moments of silence and dialogue, building up the tension while making you feel intrigued. The movie is pretty much flawless and deserves a watch for its scathing commentary on the gender politics prevalent in India.

Director: Aniruddha Roy Choudhry

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, Kriti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Where to watch: Netflix 

Shahid (2013)

The film is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010. It is brutally honest, brave, and above all a fascinating humane story that definitely deserves a watch.

Director: Hansal Mehta

Cast: Rajkumar Rao, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kay Kay Menon, Baljinder Kaur

IMDb Rating: 8.2

Where to watch: Sony Liv

So, these were some good courtroom drama dramas streaming on Indian OTT platforms. We assure you that you would enjoy these films.

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