Maamla Legal Hai Review

Rahul Desai

Modest Misfire

Maamla Legal Hai is the sort of modest misfire that makes you search for euphemistic terms like “well-intentioned” and “quirky” because it doesn’t really work but you also don’t feel like dismissing it.

Ravi Kishan as VD Tyagi

Ravi Kishan is characteristically relaxed and reliable as VD Tyagi, a senior advocate who dreams of becoming the president of the Delhi bar association and ultimately, the attorney general of India. Tyagi’s hustling is the primary narrative in this case-per-episode format.

Missing the Screen Writing Fluency

Is the show missing the screen-writing flue ncy to make him a memorable Munna Bhai-styled protagonist? Definitely. But asking for more in 2024 is a crime that not even the lawyers of this series can bail you out of. 

Clunky Skit-like Tone

I get that it’s supposed to look silly, with humour shaping a system where justice and emotion usually go hand in hand. On paper, it makes sense. But satires aren’t the same as comedies – the former trusts the inherent fictions of life, the latter exaggerates the fictions of life.

It Needs No Treatment

Garish comedy with condescending sound cues and score, hammy dialogue and facial expressions – that tries to oversell the eccentricity of an environment that’s naturally eccentric. A deadpan gaze might have worked better than slapstick gags and tickle-the-audience reminders

Quirky and Well-Intentioned

Maamla Legal Hai works at a fundamental staging level. I like that the inner workings of a small-time court form the core: Advocates playing the “game” while the judiciary is the umpire; the acrimony between higher and lower-court judges