First publised on 2020-07-03 08:35:49
Your Honor (streaming on Sony Liv) is a disturbing, but eminently watchable and extremely well-made thriller that shows the extent to which a father will go to protect his child. It is adapted from an Israeli series of the same name and director E Niwas retains the tone of the original in the Hindi version. It stretches over 12 episodes but each of the 30/35 min episodes is perfectly done and will induce you to binge watch the entire series. The actors, Jimmy Shergil, Mita Vashisth, Varun Badola, Parag Gupta, Pulkit Makol, Parul Gulati, Richa Pallod and Kunj Anand lift Your Honor with natural and top-notch performances.
The story unfolds in Punjab's largest city Ludhiana. Teenager Abeer, played with a great degree of maturity by Pulkit Makol, son of a district judge, is involved in a hit-and-run accident. When he tells his father judge Bhisan Khosla (Jimmy Sheirgill turns in an amazingly restrained performance as a manipulative judge who can do anything to protect his son) about it, the latter takes him to the police station to report the incident. But he changes his mind when he sees on television that the accident victim was the heir apparent of the dreaded Mudki gang. Khosla had sentenced the senior Mudki. He knows that the gang would kill his son if they find out that the accident happened due to him. The judge goes ahead to file a report that his car was stolen that day in the morning.
After that, the judge builds a web of lies and deceit to throw the police off the track. But his plans get stuck when the person hired to take the car away is caught by a police patrol for taking a night-time joyride. Since Guddan, the alleged car thief is a bhaiya (migrant worker from Bihar or UP) and the Mudkis have a running feud with them, matters get further complicated. The judge takes the help of Kashi, deputy commandant of CRPF and a bhaiya. Varun Badola plays Kashi, a man who is indebted to the judge but also fears for his family, with assurance. Pandit, the chief of the bhaiya gang gets involved and matters turn violent. The judge hires a young lawyer who was his student and manipulates her. But he has to deal with Inspector Sekhon who sympathizes with the Mudkis but her prime concern is to prevent a bloodbath in Ludhiana. Mita Vashisth is simply brilliant in this role.
After many twists and turns that keep you hooked, the climax is going to hit you hard. The series essentially shows how an upright judge, given to sermonizing on what is right and what is wrong when he delivers judgments, breaks all laws and rules when it comes to protecting his son. It also shows that no one can be trusted as everyone manipulates others as it suits them. The settings are authentic and the city of Ludhiana is captured lovingly, though in a limited manner as the action unfolds in homes, police stations and courts. Do watch this thriller as Jimmy Sheirgill and Mita Vashisth give it a huge lift and make you realize that filmmakers failed to tap even an iota of their amazing talent until now.