Verdict: An impressive courtroom drama with a predictable ending.
Our country, as we all know, was gripped by the #MeToo movement in 2018. While many accused were found guilty, others managed to get away due to lack of evidence and a few were also found to be falsely accused. But this has naught to do with Ajay Bahl’s protagonist in his film Section 375. Whether he is a criminal or not is for you to find out in this very engaging thriller. Produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak & SCIPL, this film’s trailer got a lot of people talking. Written by Manish Gupta, the story was the talking point before the release and it will still be one post-release as well. Starring Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha, Rahul Bhat and Meera Chopra, this film is worth a watch.
What’s Section 375 About:
Assistant costume designer Anjali Dangle (Meera Chopra) accuses filmmaker Rohan Ravi Khuranna (Rahul Bhat) of raping her at his residence. After initial investigations and collection of evidence, accused Rohan is arrested. The session’s court with ample evidence declares the director a criminal and sentences him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. When all seems lost, Rohan’s wife seeks Tarun Saluja (Akshaye Khanna), a lawyer who believes justice is abstract while the law is a fact. After much consideration, Tarun takes up the case that has already been declared not in favor of Rohan. A fresh appeal is filed in the High Court, which means that Anjali has to once again go through the ordeal of describing the crime. But Hiral Gandhi (Richa Chadha), a champion of upholding women’s rights proves to be an equally strong opponent for Saluja.
The casting in Section 375 is excellent. Akshaye Khanna, an underrated actor is at his best as a pragmatic lawyer. As a highly experienced advocate who understands that he is in the business of law and not in the business of justice, the actor steals the show. Meera Chopra as Anjali shows every emotion that probably a rape survivor goes through. Richa Chadha and Rahul Bhat who were seen together in their last movie Daas Dev did not have any real interaction in this film but were stellar in their own parts. One special mention needs to be made for actor Kishore Kadam who plays the role of Justice Mudgaonkar. You may remember him from the movie Special 26. Kishore impresses with his dialogue delivery in Marathi, Hindi, and English. Ajay Bahl handles the subject of rape well and shows us the nitty-gritty of a police-investigation and the following courtroom procedure.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The movie’s climax gets predictable as you move closer to it. Being a suspense thriller, one expects the most important part of the film to feel like a band-aid being ripped off your body. At the end of the movie, one of the important characters compare rape to another crime, which feels unnecessary and thoughtless.
Why You Should Watch:
Section 375 is a thriller that will not disappoint. It has approached the subject quite adequately and is thought-provoking. The brilliance of Akshaye Khanna, the artist, deserves to be seen by all.