India has a never-fading obsession with ‘Andha Kanoon’. Now law could be blind, but we’ve witnessed some dominant performances of lawyers that eject eyeballs out of the sockets. Riding on the success of his last release Padmaavat at the box-office, Shahid Kapoor is now gearing up for Batti Gul Meter Chalu, where he essays the role of a small-town lawyer. So before we witness his performance, let’s have a look at the 5 most iconic lawyers of Hindi Cinema so far:-
5. AKSHAY KUMAR- JOLLY LLB 2 (2017)
A sequel to the first film of the same name in 2013, Kumar played the role of Jagdishwar Mishra, a lawyer from Lucknow who dreams of having his own chamber and unapologetically stoops to scheming and manipulations to get the job done. A horrifying accident drastically changes his demeanour and he embarks on the journey to justice. The actor brought both humor and valor in his performance and made Jolly as likable and heroic as the one we saw in the first part.
4. KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN-AITRAAZ (2004)
When our protagonist, who is brutally trapped and his lawyer wife steps in to fight his case, he isn’t a sufferer anymore. Shining in the courtroom scenes and delivering a confident performance, Kareena excelled in Aitraaz and proved that a mainstream Hindi film heroine need not be necessarily limited to glamor and glitz.
3. RANI MUKERJI-VEER ZAARA (2004)
Pitted against Anupam Kher, shown to be the most successful lawyer, who has always defeated the prosecution, Rani gave her character a gamut of emotions, from nervousness to vulnerability. That’s exactly what made her role wholly relatable. And who can forget SRK’s iconic speech after Rani wins the case?
2. ARSHAD WARSI-JOLLY LLB (2013)
Hilarious, Immature, Gullible but equally bad-ass – that is Jolly for you. Despite Boman Irani against him, he refuses to suffer intimidation. His one dialogue in the film completely sums up the plight of the pedestrians and the horrifying callousness of the privileged sections of the society- Yes, footpaths are not meant for sleeping, but they are not meant for driving either.
1. SUNNY DEOL-DAMINI (1993)
Undoubtedly, the most compelling and celebrated lawyer of Hindi Cinema, the impact of Deol’s Dhai kilo ka haath was so overwhelming that it single-handedly destroyed the prosecution. With one of the most hard-hitting and rousing monologues ever, his Taarikh pe Taarikh dialogue in the climax shall always be embedded in our memories.
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