Prashant Pillai is a music producer and composer from India. After completing his Sound engineering in Chennai, he went on to work with A. R. Rahman. After a short stint with him, he moved on and settled in Pune, where he started scoring for ad jingles, web sonics, short films. Pillai considers A. R. Rahman to be his professional guide and mentor. In early 2004, Pillai got his first break to compose a radio jingle and went on to compose jingles, for both radio and television consumption. In the year 2007, Prashant scored music for Bejoy Nambiar's, critically acclaimed short film Rahu where he teamed with singer K. S. Krishnan. Bejoy's uncanny knack of selecting unusual and experimental sounds, resulted in Prashant working on a soundtrack, which he still claims to be his best. Rahu soundtrack features sons of the Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, they feature in the soundtrack for the Sufi song, "Betaabi". This song was used in a Malayalam film City of God. Prashant's first break in feature films came when debutant Lijo Jose Pellissery roped him for the Malayalam film Nayakan, in March 2010.
The film featured actors like Indrajith, Thilakan and Jagathy Sreekumar in pivotal roles. Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman released the music of the movie Prashant's mentor A. R. Rahman released the soundtrack of Nayakan on 16 March 2010, at Rahman's Panchathan Studios in Chennai; the Nayakan soundtrack features, 6 songs, one of, sung by Indrajith himself. Prashant worked on this project for over one and a half years, has fused in elements, new to the Malayali audience. In 2011, Prashant collaborated with Lijo once again for City of God; the movie stars Prithviraj and Indrajith as pivotal characters, along with Parvathi, Rima Kallingal and Shwetha Menon. In 2011, he made his debut into commercial cinema with the Bollywood film Shaitan, directed by his now close friend and director Bejoy Nambiar, for which Pillai has scored majority of the songs; the film, produced by Anurag Kashyap has a unique soundscape to it. In the same year Prashant scored the original background music for the Malayalam film Bombay March 12 starring National Award winner Mammootty directed by screenwriter Babu Janardhan.
2012 saw Prashant scoring the background music for Siddarth Bharathan's Nidra a remake of his father Bharathan's 1981 film titled Nidra. The film wasn't a commercial hit, but the film and its score was appreciated for its definitive style. Prashant scored background music for MTV Rush, a series of 12 short stories on the leading music and entertainment television channel MTV, directed by Bejoy Nambiar of Shaitan fame. Jan 2013 saw the release of Prashant's third soundtrack for Bejoy Nambiar, in his upcoming film, David; the soundtrack, supervised and co-produced by Prashant, is a compilation of various bands like Bram Fatura, Light Years Explode, MaatiBaani as artists like Remo Fernandes, Anirudh Ravichander and Mikey McCleary. Apart from sound design, Prashant's tracks in the film feature eminent singers like Lucky Ali, Shweta Pandit and Naresh Iyer; the film stars Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Isha Sharvani and Tabu among others, released in Hindi and Telugu. He composed the background score for the Hindi film Issaq directed by Manish Tiwary.
Post City of God Prashant composed the music for Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam musical film titled Amen. The music become popular and the film subsequently became a major blockbuster; the album featured artists like Ramya Nambeesan, Alyssa Mendonsa and Lucky Ali This is a romantic comedy featuring actors Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahadh Faasil, Swati of Subramaniapuram fame and Kalabhavan Mani among others. Prashant was subsequently roped in by veteran filmmaker Lal Jose for Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal. In 2014, composed for Ajith Pillai's Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and debutant Santhosh Nair's Money Ratnam. 2015 saw four of his films release one of, Double Barrel, his fourth collaboration with filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery and his debut Tamil film Andhra Mess. 2013 -16th Asianet Film Awards 2014 – Best Music Director – Amen 2013 – TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards – Best Music Director – Amen A selected discography of Prashant's music albums A complete list of films done by Prashant Pillai Prashant Pillai's official website Prashant Pillai's writeup on meeting A.
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Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. The larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city, it is the wealthiest city in India, has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings; the seven islands that constitute Mumbai were home to communities of Koli people, who originated in Gujarat in prehistoric times. For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese Empire and subsequently to the East India Company when in 1661 Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza and as part of her dowry Charles received the ports of Tangier and Seven Islands of Bombay.
During the mid-18th century, Bombay was reshaped by the Hornby Vellard project, which undertook reclamation of the area between the seven islands from the sea. Along with construction of major roads and railways, the reclamation project, completed in 1845, transformed Bombay into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea. Bombay in the 19th century was characterised by educational development. During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement. Upon India's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into Bombay State. In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as the capital. Mumbai is the financial and entertainment capital of India, it is one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India, 70% of capital transactions to India's economy. The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations.
It is home to some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Indian Rare Earths, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Atomic Energy Commission of India, the Department of Atomic Energy. The city houses India's Hindi and Marathi cinema industries. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures; the name Mumbai is derived from Mumbā or Mahā-Ambā—the name of the patron goddess Mumbadevi of the native Koli community— and ā'ī meaning "mother" in the Marathi language, the mother tongue of the Koli people and the official language of Maharashtra. The Koli people originated in Kathiawad and Central Gujarat, according to some sources they brought their goddess Mumba with them from Kathiawad, where she is still worshipped. However, other sources disagree.
The oldest known names for the city are Galajunkja. In 1508, Portuguese writer Gaspar Correia used the name "Bombaim" in his Lendas da Índia; this name originated as the Galician-Portuguese phrase bom baim, meaning "good little bay", Bombaim is still used in Portuguese. In 1516, Portuguese explorer Duarte Barbosa used the name Tana-Maiambu: Tana appears to refer to the adjoining town of Thane and Maiambu to Mumbadevi. Other variations recorded in the 16th and the 17th centuries include: Mombayn, Bombain, Monbaym, Mombaym, Bombaiim, Boon Bay, Bon Bahia. After the English gained possession of the city in the 17th century, the Portuguese name was anglicised as Bombay. Ali Muhammad Khan, imperial dewan or revenue minister of the Gujarat province, in the Mirat-i Ahmedi referred to the city as Manbai; the French traveller Louis Rousselet who visited in 1863 and 1868 tells us in his book L’Inde des Rajahs: "Etymologists have wrongly derived this name from the Portuguese Bôa Bahia, or, not knowing that the tutelar goddess of this island has been, from remote antiquity, Bomba, or Mamba Dévi, that she still... possesses a temple".
By the late 20th century, the city was referred to as Mumbai or Mambai in Marathi, Gujarati and Sindhi, as Bambai in Hindi. The Government of India changed the English name to Mumbai in November 1995; this came at the insistence of the Marathi nationalist Shiv Sena party, which had just won the Maharashtra state elections, mirrored similar name changes across the country and in Maharashtra. According to Slate magazine, "they argued that'Bombay' was a corrupted English version of'Mumbai' and an unwanted legacy of British colonial rule." Slate said "The push to rename Bombay was part of a larger movement to strengthen Marathi identity in the Maharashtra region." While the city is still referred to as Bombay by some of its residents and by Indians from other regions, mention of the ci
Ranjit Barot is an Indian film score composer, music director, music arranger and singer. He is a longtime associate of A. R. Rahman, he has been described by guitar legend John McLaughlin as "one of the leading edges in drumming", is now part of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance and rhythm has always been an integral part of Ranjit's life, his mother was Sitara Devi. His response to the western drum kit at the age of 12, was organic and his natural flair and craft catapulted him onto becoming one of India's leading artists on the instrument at the age of 17. In 1980 he performed at the Jazz Yatra in Europe with the Jazz Yatra Sextet, besides performing with Pandit Ravi Shankar's ensemble on the same tour; this phase saw journeys to the West with leading Indian jazz/pop and classical musicians. Between 1980 and 1982, Ranjit performed at European festivals which featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Foster, Billy Higgins, Cecil Taylor and Louie Bellson, among others.
Ranjit draws from his ancestry from the West of India. His father is Gujarati and his mother is from Varanasi. Ranjit has had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility in Mumbai, it is in this connection that he had the honour of working with the sound and music production industry legend, the amazing Bruce Swedien, who mixed Ranjit's songs on Vande Mataram 2 and Senso Unico, an Indo-Italian feature film. Bruce has had a great influence on Ranjit's musical life and approach to a lot of his contemporary work. Combined with his strong roots in the Indian classical tradition, his world view of music gave him a unique perspective on the Indian Film genre, his journey in this prolific industry started in the 80s and he has been a featured drummer and arranger for Industry giants such as R. D. Burman, Laxmikant – Pyarelal, Kalyanji – Anandji, continuing through the eras of Anu Malik and Ismail Darbar, to the present, as one of the most sought after arranger/ producers.
His work in this field has earned him much acclaim and recognition as a Music Composer and Arranger for Album Projects and Feature Films. Ranjit has been an integral part of some of A. R. Rahman's greatest work through the years and continues to bring his unique personality to this genre of music, he has had the distinct honour of performing with Maestro Zakir Hussain, including a Masters of Percussion Tour of the US and Canada. Ranjit's versatility as a drummer/ musician has led to unique collaborations with varied artists such as Carnatic mandolin legend, U. Srinivas, Carnatic violin maestro L. Subramaniam, Hindustani slide guitar master exponent, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, sarangi. At the Jazz Yatra'80, he performed with the Jazz Yatra Sextet, performed with the great Pandit Ravi Shankar's ensemble, featuring John Handy, George Adams and Mike Richmond of the Mingus Dynasty. On the Jazz Sextet's first European tour, Ranjit met Don Cherry. There was an instant connection because of Don's free spirited approach to life, one in which everyone was welcome, as part of his'family'.
He took a liking to Ranjit and invited him to jam at a jazz club in Warsaw. This connection led to a performance at the 1982 Jazz Yatra in Bombay, his approach to drumming and the use of vocabulary has been influenced by great rhythm masters such as tabla legends Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd, Omar Hakim, Al Foster, Peter Erskin and the Carnatic giants such as Palghat Raghu and Karaikudi Mani, Hari Shankar, his friend and teacher, Sridhar Parthsarthy. His collaborations with musicians abroad have included unique performances with renowned artists such as John McLaughlin, Jonas Helborg, Ayden Esen, Tim Garland, he has been always inspired by the path-breaking work of guitar legend, John McLaughlin and was featured as the drummer in his Grammy nominated album'Floating Point'. Ranjit has released his acclaimed debut album, titled'Bada Boom', worldwide in November 2010, featuring some of the greatest musicians on the scene today, from India and the West.
This album is a collection of Ranjit's Jazz Fusion and World compositions with performances by Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas, U. Rajesh, Scott Kinsey, Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Dominique Di Piazza, Harmeet Manseta, Taufique Qureshi, Sanjay Divecha, Tim Garland, Gwilym Symcock, Ayden Esen and Elie Afif, to name a few. Ranjit has been the Music Composer and Sound Designer for the entire Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, is representing India with his Live Performance at the "India Inclusive' showcase at WEF, Davos 2011. Shaitan Thanks Maa Yeh Mera India Toss Sankat City Mere Baap Pehle Aap Tashan Black & White Cash Aryan: Unbreakable Tathastu Dus Main Hoon Na Rishtey Hathyar Aks Fiza Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa Brides Wanted Muskurake Dekh Zara Brides Wanted Acid Factory Sankat City(1
Kirti Kulhari is an Indian actress and model, born in 1985 and appears in Bollywood films. After post-graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communication, Kulhari made her acting debut in an Odia film Dharini in 2002, her first Bollywood appearance was in Khichdi: The Movie in 2010, followed by a role in Shaitaan in 2011. She appeared in successful films such as Pink and Uri: The Surgical Strike. Kulhari was brought up in India, her family belongs to Jaipur in Rajasthan. Her father is in the Indian Navy and her mother is a homemaker, she has one younger brother. One of her sisters Kanchan Kulhari is a doctor in the Indian Army, she received her bachelors degree in management studies from Mumbai. She did her post-graduate degree in journalism and mass communication from KJ Somaiya College, Mumbai. Kulhari started her career with TV commercials, she did. She worked on three plays after that – Chinta Chod Chintamani with Yatri group, Shehenshah of Azeemo with AK Various productions and a Hindi adaptation of Sakharaam Binder with Yatri group.
Kulhari was the face of many television commercials – Lotus Mutual Funds, Travel Guru, Videocon Air Conditioners, Parachute Gorgeous Hamesha Campaign, ICICI Bank, Kaya Skin Clinic, Taj Mahal Tea, Everyuth Face Wash, Whirlpool Refrigerators, Spice Mobile, Virgin Mobiles, Close-up, JK White Cement and Tic Tac mouth freshener. Kulhari was the face of beauty brand Nivea Visage Sparkling Glow's face for a duration of 2 years. Kulhari was a part of music videos – Hik vich jaan in Desi Rockstar 2 album by Gippy Grewal, Junoon by singer Abhijit Saawant and Mitran Di Chatri. Kulhari began her film acting career with Khichdi: The Movie, which released in October 2010. Kulhari got noticed for her second film as an actor in Shaitan, which released in June 2011. In 2013, she was seen in Sooper Se Ooper. In 2016, she was seen in Pink with Tapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bacchan in which she got praised for her performance; the film was both critically successful. In 2017, she appeared in the title role of Indu in Madhur Bhandarkar's political thriller film Indu Sarkar.
In 2018, she starred in Blackmail with Irrfan Khan. In 2019, she appeared in the role of an Indian Air Force officer Seerat Kaur in the commercially and critically successful military action film Uri: The Surgical Strike; the same year, she appeared in the web television series Four More Shots Please! on Amazon Prime Video. She has acted in Mission Mangal, a film based on India's Mars Orbiter Mission, scheduled to be released on 15 August 2019. Kulhari will be seen in a period thriller San' 75 Pachattar, opposite Kay Kay Menon, filmed in 2015 but is unreleased as of 2019. List of Indian film actresses List of people from Rajasthan Kirti Kulhari on IMDb
Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam known by his screen name Mani Ratnam, is an Indian film director and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. In 2002, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, acknowledging his contributions to film. Despite being born into a film family, Mani Ratnam did not develop any interest in films when he was young. Upon completion of his post graduation in management, he started his career as a consultant, he entered the film industry through the 1983 Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi. The failure of his subsequent films would mean. However, his fifth directorial outing, Mouna Ragam, established him as a leading filmmaker in Tamil cinema, he followed that with Nayakan. Mani Ratnam is well known for his "Terrorism trilogy" consisting of Roja and Dil Se... He has a son with her, he has won several film awards and nominations including six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and three Bollywood Filmfare Awards. Mani Ratnam was born on 2 June 1956, as the second child of a family, associated with film production.
His father S. Gopala Ratnam was a film distributor who worked for Venus Pictures, his uncle "Venus" Krishnamurthy was a film producer, his elder brother G. Venkateswaran would go on to produce some of Mani's films, his younger brother is G. Srinivasan, who like Venkateswaran would co-produced some of his films. Mani Ratnam grew up in Madras, along with his cousins. Despite being a film family, the children were not allowed to watch films as the elders considered them taboo. "As a youngster, films seemed like a waste of time", he claimed in a 1994 interview. During this time, he developed an admiration towards actors like Sivaji Nagesh; when he was 15 he became a fan. Upon completing his schooling, he graduated with a degree in commerce from the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, affiliated to the Madras University, he did his Master of Business Administration in finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. After finishing his post-graduation in 1977, he was employed in a firm in Madras as a management consultant, continued to work there for sometime.
Mani is married to an established actress in South Indian cinema. The marriage took place in the year 1988; the couple have a son Nandhan. The family resides in Alwarpet, where he runs his production company, Madras Talkies. Mani Ratnam was not satisfied with his job as a consultant as he found it to be a mere extension of his academics. During this time his friend Ravi Shankar, son of director B. R. Panthulu, was in the process of making his first film. Mani Ratnam, Ravi Shankar and another friend, Raman son of filmmaker S. Balachander, worked on the script of the film. Mani Ratnam took a sabbatical from his job in order to ensure his participation in the making of the film. Being inexperienced, the makers were dependent upon the American Cinematographer magazine; the principal cast included Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish and Roja Ramani. When the filming was about to begin in Kolar, Mani Ratnam left his consulting job and joined the crew; the film, did not take off and was shelved. He was firm in his idea of becoming a film-maker.
Although not impressed with many of the films made in Tamil cinema, he was "amazed" at P. Bharathiraja's 16 Vayathinile, K. Balachander's Apoorva Raagangal, J. Mahendran's Mullum Malarum and Uthiripookkal. During this time, he befriended a group of people namely P. C. Sreeram, Santhana Bharathi, P. Vasu, who shared his interest of entering into the film industry. With a script in hand, Mani Ratnam had an idea to either get a producer for his film or to narrate the script to a "celebrated" film-maker, so that he could get a chance to work along with them and get to know about the various aspects involved in film-making, he chose three directors—Balachander and Mahendran. As the attempts to meet and convince all the three proved to be unsuccessful, he decided to look out for a producer. In the process, he along with P. C. Sreeram—who would collaborate with him in most of his future projects—met around 20 people. Mani Ratnam developed a script—originally written in English—into a film and named it Pallavi Anu Pallavi.
His uncle Krishnamurthy agreed to produce the film but imposed a condition that it should be made under a limited budget in Kannada, to which he agreed. He persuaded Balu Mahendra to do the cinematography as he found the latter's work to be impressive, he managed to get other crew members B. Lenin, Thotta Tharani and Ilaiyaraaja, all leading craftsmen in their respective fields. For the male lead, he cast Anil Kapoor after watching his performance in the Telugu film Vamsa Vruksham. Lakshmi was signed up as the female lead; the film explored the relationship between an older woman. Although an average grosser at the box-office, the film fetched Mani Ratnam the Best Screenplay Award from the Karnataka State Government for the year 1983. After watching Pallavi Anu Pallavi, N. G. John offered him a chance to direct a film in Malayalam. Scripted by T. Damodaran, Unaru was about the corruption in labour unions of Kerala; the film was completed within two months and released in April 1984. Mani Ratnam attributed the failure of the fi
Crime films, in the broadest sense, are a cinematic genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir. Crime films are based on real events or are adaptations of plays or novels. For example, the 1957 film version of Witness for the Prosecution is an adaptation of a 1953 stage play of that name, in turn based on Agatha Christie's short story published in 1933; the film version was remade in 1982, there have been other adaptations. However, each of these media has its own advantages and limitations, which in the case of cinema is the time constraint. Witness for the Prosecution is a classic example of a "courtroom drama". In a courtroom drama, a charge is brought against one of the main characters, who claims to be innocent.
Another major part is played by the lawyer representing the defendant in court and battling with the public prosecutor. He or she may enlist the services of a private investigator to find out what happened and who the real perpetrator is. However, in most cases it is not clear at all whether the accused is guilty of the crime or not—this is how suspense is created; the private investigator storms into the courtroom at the last minute in order to bring a new and crucial piece of information to the attention of the court. This type of literature lends itself to the literary genre of drama focused more on dialogue and little or no necessity for a shift in scenery; the auditorium of the theatre becomes an extension of the courtroom. When a courtroom drama is filmed, the traditional device employed by screenwriters and directors is the frequent use of flashbacks, in which the crime and everything that led up to it is narrated and reconstructed from different angles. In Witness for the Prosecution, Leonard Vole, a young American living in England, is accused of murdering a middle-aged lady he met in the street while shopping.
His wife hires the best lawyer available because she is convinced, or rather she knows, that her husband is innocent. Another classic courtroom drama is U. S. playwright Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men, set in the jury deliberation room of a New York Court of Law. Eleven members of the jury, aiming at a unanimous verdict of "guilty", try to get it over with as as possible, and they would succeed in achieving their common aim if it were not for the eighth juror, who, on second thoughts, considers it his duty to convince his colleagues that the defendant may be innocent after all, who, by doing so, triggers a lot of discussion and anger. A hybrid of action films and crime films and a subgenre of action films as well. Most films of this kind fall in the category of heist films, prison films and sometimes cop and gangster films. Car chases and shootouts are featured. Example include Police Story, The Dark Knight, Baby Driver, Master and Heat. A hybrid of crime and comedy films. Mafia comedy looks at organized crime from a comical standpoint.
Humor comes from the incompetence of the criminals and/or black comedy. Examples include Analyze This, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Lock and Two Smoking Barrels, In Bruges, Mafia!, Tower Heist and Pain & Gain. A combination of crime and drama films. Examples include such films as Straight Badlands. A thriller in which the central characters are involved in crime, either in its investigation, as the perpetrator or, less a victim. While some action films could be labelled as such for having criminality and thrills, the emphasis in this genre is the drama and the investigative/criminal methods. Examples include Untraceable, The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Memories of Murder, The Call, Running Scared. A genre of Indian cinema revolving around dacoity; the genre was pioneered by Mehboob Khan's Mother India. Other examples include Gunga Jumna and Bandit Queen. A genre popular in the 1940s and 1950s fall into the crime and mystery genres. Private detectives hired to solve a crime are in such films as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Kiss Me Deadly, L.
A. Confidential, The Long Goodbye, Chinatown. Neo-noir refers to modern films influenced by film noir such as Sin City. A genre of film that focuses on gangs and organized crime. Examples include Goodfellas, The Godfather, Casino; this film deals with a group of criminals attempting to perform a theft or robbery, as well as the possible consequences that follow. Heist films that are lighter in tone are called "Caper films". Examples include The Killing, Oceans 11, Dog Day Afternoon, Reservoir Dogs, The Town. A Hong Kong action cinema crime film genre; the genre was pioneered by John Woo's A Better Tomorrow and Ringo Lam's City on Fire, starring Chow Yun-fat. Elements of the genre can be seen in Hollywood crime films since the 1990s, such as the work of John Woo and Quentin Tarantino. Film dealing with African-American urban issues and culture, they do not always revolve around crime, but criminal activity features in the storyline. Examples include Menace II Boyz n the Hood. Not concerned with the actual crime so much as the trial in the aftermath.
A typical plot would involve a lawyer trying to prove the innocence of his or her cli