Group Dynamics in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla
A switch from 11-1 to 0-12 is very rare in real life juries, but Ek Ruka Hua Faisla very convincingly depicts the switch. It achieves this by staying true to the realities of group dynamics.
Once the objective of the group is established, they start with a vote based on individual decisions. Tough, the vote is 11-1 in favor of Guilty, not everyone votes immediately. Some of the members look around before raising their hands – and, as it turns out, these are the first to switch their votes. Those on the fence probably vote believing that the truth is with the majority, the old man is the last to raise his hand – probably to avoid being an odd one ...view middle of the document...
The initial confrontations are high on emotion, esp. anger. Also, the majority group want to hear only the facts supporting their stand and make comments like “aap kya kahna chahate hain?” and “ab isse kya hoga?”, probably resorting back to mindguards.
Also, the majority group lacks a clear leader and in-fighting starts pretty soon as differences within them start emerging. Some members take offense to the stereotyping as they themselves are generally stereotyped, one juror is from slum area himself.
On the other hand, the architect shows leadership skills. Initially he plays the devils advocate though, as it later becomes clear, he believes that the boy is not guilty. He does this to avoid personal confrontation and hatred that is usually directed towards a lone dissenter. Instead of taking a stand, he employs a democratic leadership style asking the other members to discuss the case with an open-mind as he says “mera khayal hai, baatcheet”.
By looking at the facts from a new angle, the architect makes the group members to reconsider their stands, and encourages them to delve further into the generally accepted truths.
Later, he shifts from a devil's advocate...