Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey star in IPC 420, a crime drama film in which Vinay Pathak portrays a criminal and Ranveer Shorey portrays a public prosecutor who seeks to prosecute him. It’s a competition, after all.
IPC 420, directed by Manish Gupta, is a film based on his own storey. Vinay Pathak is a poor chartered accountant who works in the field of filing tax reports and income tax returns. One of his clients is being investigated by the CBI for alleged misappropriation of millions of rupees. However, nothing has been discovered. After a while, one of Vinay’s clients arrests him for stealing three cheques totaling 50-50 lakhs. The trial is about to begin. Rohan Mehra represents Vinay, while Ranvir Shorey represents the government.
The court case and the events surrounding it have been beautifully captured in this 90-100 minute film. After Bazaar, this is Vinod Mehra’s son Rohan’s second film. He also did well in this flick. He has developed into a deft lawyer, and through his deception, he is able to prove Vinay Pathak’s innocence, but at a high cost to Vinay.
In the film, Gul Panag and Arif Zakaria play pivotal parts. Gul Panag has returned after a lengthy absence, and the storey may be deduced from her facial expressions. The audience is well-informed and is aware of the conclusion. Vinay Pathak also reveals the mystery even before the film’s finale. The remainder of the work is done by Rohan’s detective mind. Vinay and Ranveer are both Aiyar-style actors. It doesn’t take them long to cast any type of part.
This time, Ranveer has taken on the character of a Parsi lawyer. His language delivery is lacking, but his looks and demeanour are unmistakably Parsi. Sanjay Gurbakshni is fantastic as the judge. Sanjay has perfectly portrayed the way a judge does not allow stunts and meaningless talk in his court and pays great attention to a senior counsel’s cross-examination.
Before this, Manish Gupta wrote films for Ram Gopal Varma, including D, Sarkar, and James. Rahasya, based on the Aarushi murder case and directed by him, was also a good film. Ajay Behl’s Courtroom Drama Section 375 is the best example of Manish’s writing. Manish, by the way, has prepared a fantastic screenplay for this picture as well. He has penned such situations in the courtroom and outside the courthouse in just 100 minutes that he did not have to work as hard as he could have. The film was shot in a short amount of time, and the producers must have been overjoyed.
The costumes in this film were designed by Jyoti Singh. The characters of Vinay Pathak and Gul Panag wear clothing that is exactly matched to the film’s colour scheme. Arvind Kannabiran and Raj Chakraborty, cinematographers, have worked wonders in tight settings. Senior composer Ranjit Barot and director Manish Gupta’s old associate Som Dasgupta haven’t created much of an impression with the background music. Editor Archit Rastogi deserves credit for not allowing the storey to stray even for a little moment. Shots have been taken in a symbolic manner to keep the film’s tempo consistent.
It’s a well-made film. This is a must see. There is no theatrics in the courtroom drama this time. The audience is already aware of the story’s conclusion.