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    Bollywood's ten most memorable lawyers

    Milord, the courtroom scene is a huge part of movie drama.

    The blindfolded statue of justice, the judge banging his gavel, the last-minute witnesses...

    And then there are the lawyers.

    Be they comedic or corrupt, Bollywood's lawyers are mostly articulate and often remarkable. With the release of Jolly LLB, here's a look at the ten most memorable Bollywood lawyers:


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    Sunil Dutt (Waqt)

    In Yash Chopra's sweeping drama, Dutt plays Ravi, a lawyer who climactically defends his own brother, Raja, played by Raaj Kumar.

    It was Kumar who got the plaudits (and a Filmfare Award) for the film, but Dutt's performance as an impassioned lawyer who gets the villain to confess remains hard to forget.



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    Prithviraj Kapoor might have played the judge in Raj Kapoor's Awaara, but Raj himself played a crook and a murderer.

    The lawyer role, progressively enough, was played by Nargis, the only woman on this list.

    She spends the final act of the film defending Raj for his actions.


    Image: Nargis in Awara
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    In this Subhash Ghai hit, Anil Kapoor's Arun Verma sees criminal lawyer GD Thakral (the unforgettably immoral Amrish Puri) get Arun's father wrongfully sentenced to death.

    Arun grows up to become a lawyer, there is much memorable piano-tinking, and the film naturally ends with Arun prosecuting Thakral.


    Image: Anil Kapoor in Meri Jung
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    Raj Kumar Santoshi's film had Meenakshi Sheshadri as the titular Damini, with a case about the rape of a maid that no lawyer wanted to touch.

    Except a hard on his luck drunk lawyer called Govind, played by Sunny Deol.

    Deol starts off slow but is soon galvanised into action by his opponent, Amrish Puri's Barrister Chaddha.


    Image: Sunny Deol in Damini
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    Saeed Mirza's fantastic 1984 satire about the snailpaced Indian judicial system sees many great actors play advocate: Satish Shah, Salim Ghouse, Rohini Hattangadi all shine in their hilarious, incisively written parts.

    But it is Naseer, whose smarmy and self-serving Malkani, provides the film's most biting caricature of the Indian lawyer.


    Image: Naseeruddin Shah and Rohini Hattangadi in Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho
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    Not all lawyers, however, are wicked men taking advantage of the system.

    Sometimes, like in this Basu Chatterjee film, a lawyer is just a portly old man helping out his enthusiastic young protege.

    Amjad Khan is in rollicking form as the omniscient lawyer who provides the voice of wisdom to a young and sprightly Charandas, played by Anil Kapoor.


    Image: Amjad Khan in Chameli Ki Shaadi


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    In Narendra Suri's Lajwanti, written by Sachin Bhowmick, the legendary Balraj Sahni plays a lawyer called Nirmal Kumar.

    Unfairly suspecting his wife of having an affair, he throws her out of the house.

    It is a bold, flawed character, and while a greater role goes to the wife (played by Nargis) Sahni excels in his part.


    Image: Balraj Sahni in Lajwanti
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    Waheeda Rehman confesses to a murder, and Dev Anand, playing Rajeshwar the lawyer, steps in to defend her.

    His representation of the high-profile murder case, however, involves a full-blown investigation into the facts, and Anand plays both lawyer and ace detective.


    Image: Dev Anand in Baat Ek Raat Ki
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    This BR Chopra multistarrer sees Ashok Kumar as judge and Rajendra Kumar, playing his son-in-law, as a prosecuting lawyer who suspects the judge of murder.

    India's first songless talkie, Kanoon remains a riveting watch and provides Kumar's most excellent performance.


    Image: Rajendra Kumar in Kanoon
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    Reincarnation films appear the same but all genres were subverted in the hands of master director Chetan Anand.

    In this one, Khanna plays a lawyer trying hard to prosecute Raaj Kumar and failing, while investigating a reincarnation drama that holds the key to it all.

    Including the case.


    Image: Rajesh Khanna with Hema Malini in Kudrat
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    I haven't seen of any of the above.
    Will give them a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ BaLLi View Post
    I haven't seen of any of the above.
    Will give them a shot.
    waqt, meri jung, chameli ki shaadi and damini ... are memorable...others me too to have a check!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesiCasanova View Post



    Raj Kumar Santoshi's film had Meenakshi Sheshadri as the titular Damini, with a case about the rape of a maid that no lawyer wanted to touch.

    Except a hard on his luck drunk lawyer called Govind, played by Sunny Deol.

    Deol starts off slow but is soon galvanised into action by his opponent, Amrish Puri's Barrister Chaddha.


    Image: Sunny Deol in Damini
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