Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 123 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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The English translation of the this Indian film's title is A Summons for Mohan Josh. Bhishan Sahni plays Mohan, a Bombay slum dweller at odds with his absentee landlord. When it becomes clear that the landlord refuses to improve living conditions because he wants to drive the tenants out and tear down the apartment house, Mohan tries to organize his neighbors into a rent strike. Out of fear, they refuse to do so, compelling him to continue his battle alone by hiring an attorney. The ensuing lawsuit takes so long getting before a judge that Mohan's savings are wiped out. Moved by his persistance, Mohan's neighbors finally rally around him--only to discover that the Indian legal system is set up in so archaic a fashion that some cases never get heard in court.

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injustice, lawsuit, lawyer, slum-lord, slums