Director: Ajay Bahl
Starring: Akshaye Khanna,Rahul Bhat, Richa Chadha, Meera Chopra
Written by: Manish Gupta, Ajay Bahl
SECTION 375 talks about the very important section, the Section 375, of the Indian Penal Code. The film starts when Anjali Dangle (Meera Chopra), a junior costume designer on a film set is told to go to director Rohan Khurana’s (Rahul Bhat) residence to show him the costumes. When she reaches there and she starts showing the costume, Rohan slyly asks the maid who was the only other person present in the house to go get groceries, which left them alone at the house. When she leaves, Rohan forces himself on Anjali and rapes her. That is what Anjali claims when she reaches home and then the FIR is filed and Rohan is arrested from his film set. The sessions court finds him guilty and the is then sentenced to be jailed for 10 years. His wife Kainaaz (Shriswara) approaches famous criminal lawyer Tarun Saluja (Akshaye Khanna) to file an appeal in the Bombay High Court. The case is then accepted and the trial begins. Tarun’s ex-protégé Hiral Gandhi (Richa Chadha) is the public prosecutor and Anjali’s lawyer. As the case begins, the truth slowly begins to unravel itself. What happens and what is revealed next forms the rest of the film.
There is a line in the film that Akshaye Khanna’s character says – “We are not in the business of Justice, we are in the business of law”, this is enough to sum up the story of the whole film. The film definitely has an interesting premise upon which the story is built. However, in the execution, it lags a bit, especially the writing. The courtroom drama didn’t feel much like a drama. Tarun Saluja keeps revealing one thing after another and Hiral Gandhi’s only job seemed to be objecting every evidence/story that was brought in from the defence. Some of the questions were left unanswered. Even a lawyer as brilliant as Tarun, as shown in the film, doesn’t pursue answer to those questions and while we anticipate a proper closure to the whole drama, we are already hearing the closing statement and the judgement from the judges, but the closure never comes. The ending feels quite convenient but, well, the film manages to make the point that it wants to make.
Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by Sudhir K Chaudhary is good. Editing by Praveen Angre is decent. There were no songs as such in the film and not having them has worked in the film’s favour. The production design and the costume design was both decent and seemed authentic.
Performances in the film are decent as well. Akshaye Khanna shines with his performance and stands out in the film. His character is also nicely written in the film and his acting compliments his character brilliantly. Richa Chadha is good in her part and stands toe-to-toe with Khanna in the intense court room sequences. Rahul Bhat does really well as Rohan and Meera Chopra as Anjali Dangle makes the audiences connect with her acting and she’s done good. The rest of the cast offers abled support.
Director Ajay Bahl narrates this film well, especially the courtroom sequences.
At the box-office
The film has taken a decent start and is carrying some excellent word of mouth which will help the movie sail through.