Criminal Justice (Indian TV series)
|Written by||Shridhar Raghavan|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41-60 minutes|
|Production companies||BBC Studios India|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||5 April 2019|
|Followed by||Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors|
|Related shows||Criminal Justice |
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Criminal Justice is an Indian Hindi-language crime thriller legal drama web series for Hotstar Specials, based on the 2008 British television series of the same name, written by Shridhar Raghavan and was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia. Starring Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka and Mita Vashisht in lead roles, the storyline follows life of individuals on a gut wrenching journey through the criminal justice system.
Criminal Justice was released through Hotstar on 5 April 2019. It received positive response from critics, praising the performances of the principal characters, Tripathi, Massey and Shroff respectively. On February 2020, the makers announced for the second season, titled Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, which was released through Disney+ Hotstar on 24 December 2020.
Aditya Sharma (Vikrant Massey) is a cab driver who has a one-night stand with his passenger Sanaya Rath (Madhurima Roy). When he wakes up, Sanaya is murdered. He finds himself in a pool of her blood, and Sanaya has multiple stab wounds. He leaves the crime scene, but meets with an accident and is taken to the police station.
Initially, Madhav Mishra is interested in taking the case but later on Mandira Mathur (Mita Vashisht) takes the case. While she is successful in getting Aditya freed from charge of a rape, she fails to acquit him form the murder charge. Her associate Nikhat Hussain (Anupriya Goenka) along with Madhav Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi), later team up and start trying to save him.
While Aditya gets life imprisonment for the murder of Sanaya, Madhav Mishra still believes that Aditya is innocent. He figures out from Sanaya's Instagram account that she worked at a drug rehabilitation center, getting treated there herself. He goes through Sanaya's call records and gets a crucial lead. Sanaya had called up four wrong numbers that day, which Madhav finds strange. On his hunch he enquires about the past records of these numbers and gets to know that they belong to professional drug dealers. It turns out that Sanaya, after staying away from drugs for 3 years, had suddenly wanted to go back to drugs a night before she was killed. She was part of a charity where her father's close friend and wife were the owners. She had found out that they engaged in child prostitution.
- Vikrant Massey as Aditya Sharma
- Pankaj Tripathi as Madhav Mishra, Advocate
- Jackie Shroff as Mustafa, Aditya's fellow cell mate
- Anupriya Goenka as Nikhat Hussain, Mandira's former assistant
- Mita Vashisht as Mandira Mathur, Corporate Lawyer 
- Rucha Inamdar as Avni Parashar, Aditya's elder sister
- Gaurang Dwivedi as Gautam Parashar, Avni's husband.
- Jagat Rawat as Diwakar Sharma, Aditya' father
- Ninad Kamat as Sunil Bhandarkar, public prosecutor
- Rituraj Singh as Naresh Lakhani
- Tuhinaa Vohra as Kanika Lakhani, Naresh's wife, actual murderer of Sanaya
- Madhurima Roy as Sanaya Rath, the victim 
- Gayatri Gauri as Ronjana, Sanaya's mother
- Pankaj Saraswat as ACP Raghu Salian
- Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Layak Talukder, an influential criminal
- Raaj Gopal Iyer as Constable Namdeo Jadhav
- Komal Chhabriya as Rukhsana Hussain, Nikhat's Mother
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Once Upon a Night"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Aditya drives the family cab, ends up picking up a young woman and spends the night with her. When he wakes up, he realises that the one night stand has turned into a nightmare. The girl is stabbed to death and he has no recollection of events.|
|2||"Under Arrest"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Aditya is under arrest for rape & murder. An advocate Madhav bargains to represent him, but negotiations fail. Mandira, a reputed advocate takes up his case free of charge surprising all.|
|3||"The Price of Life"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Mandira grapples with Aditya's amnesia related to that fateful night. Madhav finds a new lead in the investigation. In jail, Mustafa makes an unexpected demand from Aditya.|
|4||"The Trial"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Mustafa takes Aditya under his wing and gives an welcome gift. Madhav finds a mountain of evidence against Aditya at trial.|
|5||"Beginning of the End"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Rivalry between Layak and Mustafa heats up. Aditya weighs the pros and cons of pleading guilty as Jimmy D'Souza makes a shocking revelation at court.|
|6||"The Judgement Day"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|While Aditya took a daunting task to appease Mustafa, Nikhat risks her career to free him. Judge gives the verdict.|
|7||"A New Bond"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Aditya's bond with Mustafa grows strong while his family crumbles. Meanwhile, Madhav finds new evidence that could turn the case around.|
|8||"The Going gets Tough"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|With the entry of new jail superintendent, Aditya and Mustafa relation end up with a solitary confinement. Meanwhile Madhav and Nikhat find a new clue which went unnoticed.|
|9||"A New Kingpin"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|A brutal fight sends Aditya to hospital where he meets Mustafa. Raghu helps Madhav and Nikhat, together they open a new can of worms.|
|10||"The Mystery"||Shridhar Raghavan||5 April 2019|
|Aditya peddles drugs in the jail but it doesn't end well with Layak. Raghu produces a search warrant against the new suspect. Pushed into the corner, Aditya plans his final revenge against Layak. New crime & evidence has came to light and Aditya is acquitted. Aditya starts a new life. Finally, Madhav cleans up his apartment.|
In January 2018, Sameer Nair, CEO of Aditya Birla Group's content studio Applause Entertainment, collaborated with BBC Studios, in order to adapt their British series Criminal Justice and The Office, for the Indian audiences. Sameer teamed up with Shridhar Raghavan, to pen the screenplay and dialogues for the Hindi adaptation. In April 2018, Tigmanshu Dhulia was announced as the director of the series, eventually marking his digital debut, and the makers roped in Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey and Jackie Shroff to play the pivotal characters. It also marked Shroff's debut in a digital platform. Principal shoot of the series began on 28 April 2018 and was completed in January 2019, with filming mostly held in Mumbai. Vishal Furia served the credits for co-direction.
The series' digital distribution rights were brought by Hotstar. On 15 January 2019, the platform announced its foray to original content production exclusively for the service, with the shows release on its label called Hotstar Specials, was officially announced. The platform eventually collaborated with Applause Entertainment for releasing the show, along with the production house's four other shows in the first set of their original contents. The official trailer of the series was released on 28 March 2019. It was released on 5 April 2019, in Hindi and dubbed Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Marathi languages.
Archika Khurana of The Times of India gave three-and-a-half out of five stars stating "Criminal Justice walks us through a series of events that happen during remand, judicial custody, and hearings, is intriguing and engrossing for most parts." Sanjukta Sharma of Scroll.in opined "Criminal Justice works because of the story and its two central characters." Sana Farzeen writing for The Indian Express says, "Vikrant Massey stands out playing a young boy who suddenly finds himself in a grave situation. Pankaj Tripathi once again aces a character with dry humor, making you smirk at his witty lines." The critic recommends Criminal Justice for those who like crime-based dramas.
Rohan Naahar of Hindustan Times rates it with three-and-a-half out of five stars and feels that the series being a remake relies on its actors to do the heavy lifting. He opines, "Fortunately, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi and especially Jackie Shroff, are tremendous." Udita Jhunjhunwala, reviewing for The Quint writes "Supporting cast members Saraswat, Rucha Inamdar and Gaurav Dwivedi (as Aditya’s sister and brother-in-law respectively) and Madhurima Roy as the murdered girl are the most convincing." Parmita Uniyal of India Today said that "[Jackie]'s performance is one of the high points of the series, something that stays with you," while also saying that "[The show] could have a stronger impact with shorter episodes, crisper editing and right twists and turns."
|2019||ITA Awards||Best Actor - Web series||Vikrant Massey||Nominated|
|iReel Awards||Best Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Jackie Shroff||Nominated|
On 13 February 2020, Sameer Nair announced a second installment of Criminal Justice, with Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka, Mita Vashisht reprising their roles from their first season, whereas Jisshu Sengupta and Kirti Kulhari joined the new cast. The series was released through Disney+ Hotstar on 24 December 2020.
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