The Woman on the Witness Stand

Film:  Court
Director:  Chaitanya Tamhane

When Sharmila (Usha Bane), the wife of the deceased Vasudev Pawar is questioned in court about the circumstances of her husband’s death, which the police have declared a suicide, her answers offer no evidence that corroborates this.  No suicide note, no sign of depression, and no recollection of hearing the song or singer that the prosecutor claims abetted the suicide by encouraging sanitation workers to end their lives.

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