Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha, Meera Chopra, Rahul Bhat
Written by Manish Gupta
Cinematography by Sudhir K. Chaudhary
Edited by Praveen Angre
Directed by Ajay Bahl
Music by Clinton Cerejo
Produced by Kumar Mangath Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, SCIPL
A courtroom drama is at most seen as an eccentric piece of heroism and melodrama. We have seen films like Vicky Dada, Shatruvu, Nayam Kavali, Parts of Bobbili Puli, parts of Justice Chowdary, Dharmakshetram, Dharmachakram in Telugu, T. Rajender films in Tamil and Jolly LLB franchise, No One Killed Jessica, recently in Hindi. If we go back there are films that tried to have courtroom arguments in the story but for few scenes. A pure and complete courtroom drama with no deviation is rarely found and Section 375 belongs to that rare category.
Movie doesn’t try to blame even the victim or the perpetrator, it tries to give a third eye view to the story. The case which seems a simple open and shut, rape case, turns out to be even bigger debate about justice and law. Sometimes, common people might have to seek criminal ways to get justice and law might permit, which seems unjust to us. This story is about such a case.
Akshaye Khanna as Tharun Saluja is in his best form in the film. He didn’t try to oversell the act. He stayed free from his usual eccentricities and delivered a honest portrayal of a highly famous lawyer, who takes up high profile cases and normally defends people from high society with money, fame. To his act, Richa Chadha holds her ground well but it is actors who played Judges who make it more light hearted and interesting. Meera Chopra and Rahul Bhat are good too.
Film is more about how Law doesn’t always take Justice’s side and how it can be twisted to advantage by people. Ideals don’t really work in front of law as it asks for proofs and Justice as the movie says, is abstract. Ajay Bahl delivered again an intriguing film after BA Pass and he seems to have a knack of presenting content in a strong way. He doesn’t waste even one scene and single frame.
As we see from outside from everyone’s point of view, film tells us how tainted our view can be when we want to believe someone based on their gender but not on the issue or particular case. Even though we don’t know full facts, we convict people and this kind of social media sensation as become a norm, these days. Film tries to show us a mirror on how judgemental we truly are, without completely knowing things, and how we can influence even justice system to bow down to that pressure, rather than going by facts.
This is a movie, we need to see in order to understand how law is at times, imbalanced while Justice feels like an idea that never exists without a perspective. A solid intense drama for people who enjoy films that take important issues and present them in straightforward yet deep manner.