Section 375 (2019) – Movie Review

Section 375 is a courtroom-drama thriller film written by Manish Gupta and Ajay Bahl, and directed by Ajay Bahl.

The film is based on Section 375 of Indian Penal Code laws of India, which talks about Sexual Offences including rape and Sodomy. The film revolves around a high-profile rape case; When Rohan Khurana (Rahul Bhat), a famous film director, stands accused of raping a junior member of his crew Anjali (Meera Chopra), at his own house. The film stars Akshaye Khanna as a Criminal Lawyer Tarun Saluja and Richa Chadda as Public prosecutor Hiral Gandhi.

First of all, Section 375 is a daring and powerful film which explores a very complex and not-much-talked issue brilliantly. The screenplay of the film is very well written that it unfolds the story in such a way that it keeps the audience engaged and confused (in a good way) until the end. Along with the gripping storyline, the performances in the film are top-notch. The film also stars Kruttika Desai as a Justice Indrani and Kishore Kadam as Justice Madgaonkar. Richa has nothing much to do because her character is written that way. So, all the limelight is taken by Akshaye, who nails his hated character of a Criminal Lawyer perfectly.

The film knows how to play with the mind of the audience, and so it does. As the film is dealing with the sensitive topic like rape, the tone of the film dark throughout, which cannot be everybody’s cup of tea. But, the film is informative in its way, because such topics are never openly discussed. It is one of its kind film, which has a grounded narrative, and which examines both the sides of the case. And the runtime of the film is just appropriate, nothing more, nothing less.

The only thing which bugged me was the end of the film, where they tried to give the unnecessary full stop to the story, rather they could have had just left it unanswered and open for discussion.

Verdict : This film is a brilliant take on a very sensitive and complex issue. A must watch. But unfortunately, the audience is not sensitive enough to give it a try or they’re just trying to be ignorant towards this issue. If you haven’t watched this film yet, then don’t complain why Bollywood doesn’t make good movies.

Rating : 4.2/5

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