Section 375 Movie Review. A celebrated Bollywood director Rohan Khurana stands accused by a female member of his crew, Anjali Dangle of having raped her at his residence.
The latest film SECTION 375 is inspired by cases of this nature and expects to make a hard-hitting point. So does SECTION 375 manage to succeed in its endeavor? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyze.
Story of Section 375 Movie Review
SECTION 375 is the story of a filmmaker accused of rape. Anjali Dangle (Meera Chopra) is a junior costume designer on a film set. She’s told to go to director Rohan Khurana’s (Rahul Bhat) residence to show him the costumes. When she reaches the house, Rohan and the housemaid are present. Rohan sends the maid out of the house on some pretext and then forces himself on Anjali. Anjali reaches her house and tells her family that Rohan raped her. The same evening, Rohan is arrested from his film set. The Sessions Court finds Rohan guilty and sentences him to ten years of rigorous imprisonment. Rohan’s wife Kainaaz (Shriswara) approaches famous criminal lawyer Tarun Saluja (Akshaye Khanna) to file the case in the Bombay High Court. Tarun goes through Rohan’s file and realizes that the Sessions Court verdict was unfair. The case gets accepted in the High Court and the trial begins. Tarun’s ex-protégé Hiral Gandhi (Richa Chadha) is the public prosecutor and Anjali’s lawyer. As the case begins, a lot of unknown and intentionally hidden details tumble out. What seemed like an open and shut case of rape turns out to be murkier than expected. What happens next forms the rest of the story.
Manish Gupta’s story has tremendous potential and is the need of the hour. It is also quite relevant in today’s times. Manish Gupta’s screenplay (with an additional screenplay by Ajay Bahl) is quite effective for most parts. The film gets a bit technical but will be easy to comprehend for its target multiplex audience. Manish Gupta’s dialogues (with additional dialogues by Ajay Bahl) are quite acidic and sharp. However, in places, there are far too many English dialogues.
Ajay Bahl’s direction is quite apt. He captivates the viewers with his storytelling and doesn’t lose their attention even once in the 120-minute duration. Also, he presents both sides quite nicely and convincingly. This is a courtroom drama but like conventional Bollywood films in this genre, the film is not made in a dramatic fashion. Yes, a lot is happening in the film but it is all done a bit more realistically. On the flip side, the second half is where the film drops a bit. One expects a film with so many unpredictable moments to end with a bang. Sadly, that doesn’t happen. Also, it’s bewildering why Hiral, who used to shout ‘Objection’ each time Tarun would present anything or make an attention-grabbing statement, doesn’t react at all when Tarun explains to the court how Anjali got the injury marks on her inner thighs. Except for Tarun, the private lives of Hiral and Anjali are never shown and it takes away the impact to an extent.
SECTION 375 begins on a fine note. Tarun Saluja explaining the concept of justice and law by giving the instance of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case makes for a strong point and it also indicates what is to follow. The scene where Anjali meets Rohan in his house and the alleged rape happens is quite smartly executed and only a part of it is shown to keep the unpredictably going. This is followed by probably the most gut-wrenching scene of the film – the medical officer asking the gory details of a rape to Anjali quite nonchalantly, in front of her mother. And also, the said medical officer is a male! The film obviously goes on a high once the trial begins. The manner in which it comes to light that the investigating police officer Milind Kasle (Shrikant Yadav) did an extremely shoddy job is bound to shock viewers. Post-interval, the interest is maintained as many more details pour out in the courtroom. The finale, however, lacks punch. Also, the verdict announced in the end might leave viewers divided. Latest Movie Release Pal Pal Dil Ka Pass, Dream Girl, Prassthanam.
SECTION 375 is a songless film. Clinton Cerejo’s background score, however, is subtle and dramatic. Sudhir K Chaudhary’s cinematography is quite appropriate. The alleged rape sequence is shot well from different angles and the perspective changes with each angle. And he also makes use of some hand-held, zoomed-in shots that also helps with the impact. Nilesh Wagh’s production design is decent. Ameira Punvani’s costumes are realistic. Praveen Angre’s editing is crisp.
Akshaye khanna as Tarun Saluja
Richa Chadha as Hiral Gandhi
Meera Chopra as Anjali Damle
Rahul Bhatt as Rohan Khurana
Kurttika Desai as Justice Indrani