A biopic based on public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam's life and the various high profile cases that he has fought.
Last year, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court traversed the international boundaries with its representation of the Indian judicial system. Aadesh-The Power of Law, a movie in the same genre, however, is nothing close to the internationally-acclaimed film.
Drawing inspiration from the life of high profile public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, Aadesh explores his professional achievements and legal acumen. The proceedings of four prominent cases that he has fought become the premise for the story of this film. Director Suvahhdan Angre, who also doubles up as the lead actor, has tried to document some of Nikam's historic legal battles. Be it the Khairlanji murder case or Ajmal Kasab's trial, what ensued in the courtroom then has been portrayed on the big screen.
However, the script, if you can call it that, does nothing to satiate the curiosities with which one goes to watch the movie. There is so much that Angre could've implemented in the film; right from constant threats to Nikam's life to his tight security cover and more. Instead, the film turns into a dramatised and poorly shot string of cases. Also, just a few minutes into the film, you are 'treated' to an item song that leaves you wondering why it was there in the first place.
Ujjwal Nikam is a celebrated lawyer but the film doesn't do justice to his image and repertoire. Angre, who has been an assistant director on films like Taare Zameen Par and Tathastu, makes so many mistakes in his directional debut that there's little scope for the viewer to take notice of something good in it.
In the acting department, it is only Mithila Naik who shows spark, at one point, eclipsing the lead man as well. In special appearances, veterans like Mukesh Tiwari, Ashok Shinde, and Anant Jog add to the star power but not the quality.
Barring a good topic, some witty lines and a few good scenes, there's nothing to look forward to in Aadesh- The power of Law. You can give it a miss.