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Crime returns to court

tv Updated: May 12, 2011 15:04 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Show: Aap Ki Kachehri Season 3
Time: 10.30 pm, weekends
Station: Star Plus
Cast: Dr Kiran Bedi and complainants

It was, and continues to be, a show that’s interestingly built around the law and order system of our country. It’s a public show because it provides a platform to some select troubled citizens who’re looking for legal relief in personal and professional spaces.

In it’s third season, the show is brilliantly constructed. Dr Kiran Bedi doesn’t work as a model endorsing soaps and detergents, but she’s extremely effective when she talks about laws and their applications. She speaks with authority and that’s one of the biggest plus points, because she’s done that outside of this show too.

You feel like you’re part of the exercise that involves at least two parties who can’t settle their differences. In some cases, the parties are ready or have already approached court when they didn’t really need to.

The way the matter is heard and resolved on the show helps others, going through similar issues in their lives, make just decisions. As a viewer, you not only get to see a section of the law-illiterate population, but clear your concepts too. The language is kept simple and precise. The focus in Season Three is on relationship-based cases. The only complaint is the monetary compensations, which in a lot of places is meagre. Also the placement of the show doesn’t work in the new time band. Otherwise, a must watch for adults.

What we like
The presentation of the cases.

We don’t like
The time band

Show: Crime Patrol
Time: 11 pm, Friday-Saturday
Station: Sony Entertainment
Cast: Anoop Soni, and other actors

It’s a pain to sit through crime-based series that feature rebuilt videos of resolved cases, after watching news channels run clips of crime stories everyday around 11 pm.

But this show, that features late in the night, is intriguing enough to hold your attention. Cases have been chosen carefully and the reconstruction of the events has been done cautiously, ensuring that viewers aren’t scandalised with gore, foul language and blood stained murders. Appropriate actors and scripts have been taken care of. Another plus point is that there is one host, Anoop Soni is effective and doesn’t drag and make the show boring. He doesn’t show up too often and break the flow of the story, but holds the audience together with his voice-overs.

One show of this genre is present on every news channel. However, the presentation, case selection and overall packaging here will bring you back to it every week.

What we like
Case selection and presentation

We don’t like
The timing of the show.