Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha, Meera Chopra and Rahul Bhat
Let's just come straight to the point, Anjali (Meera Chopra) a small costume designer alleges that his boss and director Rohan Khurrana (Rahul Bhat) raped her at his flat while she went there to show him samples of some costumes.
The case is then put to trial and Rohan is sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime. He appeals in the High Court against the judgment and the case goes to trial again where two lawyers, the renowned Tarun Saluja, (Akshaye Khanna) defends Rahul and his former associate Hiral Mehta (Richa Chadda) presents the case of Anjali, the two fight in the court to prove their client's side of the story of what actually happened on the day of the alleged rape.
The story of Section 375 is engaging and gripping which makes your eyes glued to the screen the whole time as you don't want to miss anything that goes on it.
Director Ajay Behl creates a riveting courtroom drama and shows the story from both the alleged rapist and the victim's perspective beautifully.
He presents the sensitive issue of rape and the law that deals with it with care while shedding light on the abuse of that law at the same time which is the main thing the film focuses on.
The screenplay also highlights the media trial that an alleged rapist has to go through in a country like India and how the media makes him a villain by serving the dish of the case with all the masala to the viewers even before he is proved guilty in the eyes of law.
Overall Ajay Bahl succeeds in showing what he wants to through this film in an unbiased way one can imagine and that is commendable as it is a brave effort in a country like ours.
Akshaye Khanna once again leaves you speechless with his acting skills and total grip on the character of defense solicitor Tarun Saluja.
Richa Chadda too tries her best and looks almost convincing in her character but isn't as impressive as Akshay Khanna, as her character appears less confident in front of his and fails to match up to his energy on screen.
Rahul Bhat looks good as the arrogant and vulnerable Rohan Khanna. Meera Chopra, as the young costume designer Anjali doesn't have much to do in her role.
All the other actors are suited to their parts and make for a good supporting cast.
Overall, Section 375 keeps you in a dilemma just like the judges about who is right and who is not till the end and does give you food for thought about the law that deals with rape and the way it does that, Is it biased? and Bahl here succeeds in showing what he intended to.
Section 375 is an intriguing and gripping film and you will like it or not is left up to the side you want to take while watching it.