Section 375 Reviews (Top Critics)

Filmcompanion.in
By Rahul Desai

In a post-Pink universe, you'd be naive to believe that a Hindi film director would fashion yet another mainstream courtroom drama prosecuting the politics of consent. In a post-MeToo universe, you'd be equally naive to believe that a male Hindi film director would fashion a mainstream drama persecuting the male Hindi film director as a serial sex offender. Couple this with writer Manish Gupta's interviews about the 'misuse of rape laws' and it's pretty clear why Ajay Bahl's Section 375 exists.

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FilmFare
By Devesh Sharma (3/5)

A lowly costume assistant Anjali (Meera Chopra) accuses a top-notch film director, Rohan Khurana (Rahul Bhat) of rape. A high profile court case ensues, where top defence lawyer Tarun Saluja (Akshaye Khanna) is pitted against an ambitious public prosecutor Hiral Gandhi (Richa Chadda). Both bring various perspectives into play, laying bare the ugliness of rape in the process.

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Mid-Day
By Mohar Basu (4/5)

I see the irony in the fact that the week mainstream superstar Aamir Khan reversed his decision of not working with #MeToo accused Subhash Kapoor, we have a film called Section 375 release. It's a good time to re-examine our understanding of what constitutes as rape, sexual abuse and our understanding of the much-discussed movement from last year which is fast losing relevance in an industry that suffers from partial amnesia (clearly).

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Deccanchronicle.com
By ARNAB BANERJEE (2.5/5)

Our legal system, often getting trapped between fairness, moral rightness, and what is stated and defined in the statute books, including all rights, both natural and legal, makes every attorney, judge and legislator caught in a dilemma between law and justice. And so, many victims and law enforcers argue that justice fails them. Or vice versa.

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath (2/5)

In 2016 came a movie that stated the obvious - when a woman said no to a sexual encounter, she actually meant it. Merely three years after Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's Pink, and in the wake of the Me Too movement, arrives a film which suggests that "no" could mean "yes", "maybe" or, worse still, "gotcha". Section 375, about a filmmaker accused of rape, tries to be fair-minded, but the sense of solidarity with the stricken-looking male specimen in the dock is unmistakable.

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The Hindu
By Kennith Rosario

As conflicted as one maybe about confining the critique of a film to the cinema hall, Section 375 reveals its precarious impact almost immediately as you step out of the auditorium. After press screening, as a few cameras hound attendees for their first reactions, a middle-aged lady praises the film and proceeds to say, "Aisa bohut hota hain film industry main (this happens frequently in the film industry)".

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (3/5)

Section 375 is a timely film. It comes at a time when the impact of #MeToo appears to have ebbed, if you go by the noise created by social media platforms, but is in fact finding its way forward, and digging in. This is a movement which is here to stay, and like all movements, it will have its high and low moments: Section 375: Marzi Ya Zabardasti has an on-the-nose title, but manages to include several welcome, complex grey areas in its telling.

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News18.com
By Rohit Vats (3/5)

"We are in the business of law, not justice," says Akshay Khanna to Richa Chadda in one of the most poignant moments of Section 375, and nothing could have summed up director Ajay Bahl's film about a rape trial. In fact, this blurred vision of truth and justice is the hallmark of Section 375 that tries to bring out a new side of the argument.

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BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

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 house maid are present. Rohan sends the maid out of the house on some pretext and then forces himself on Anjali.

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Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (4/5)

Bold and truthful - perhaps one of the finest court room drama that dares to enter the unchartered territory on rape/sexual crime cases and gains importance in its cutting edge observation on facts that gets ignored. SECTION 375 is a courtroom drama that is intensely powerful, relevant, well etched and smartly written.

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Indiatvnews.com
By Shalu Singh (3.5/5)

Is there any difference between will and consent? Many of us don't know and some of us don't even care to know. Section 375 starring Richa Chadha, Akshaye Khanna, Meera Chopra and Rahul Bhat in pivotal roles works as an eye-opener for those who are living under a rock. Helmed by Ajay Bahl, who has earlier directed B.A. Pass, Section 375 is intriguing, hard-hitting and at the same time a relevant film.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (4/5)

One Word Review... Section375: POWERFUL. Engaging courtroom drama... Writing and direction top notch... Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha brilliant... Meera Chopra, Rahul Bhat first-rate... A relevant film that raises pertinent points... Recommended!

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Zeenews.india.com
By Ritika Handoo (3.5/5)

Rape as saleable masala was often a norm in mainstream Bollywood of yore, to rouse perverse male titillation as well as give the hero a valid reason to unleash violent revenge. Few films utilised the heinous act to say something substantial - the odd "Insaaf Ka Tarazu" or "Ghar" comes to mind.

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Firstpost.com
By Udita Jhunjhunwala (3.5/5)

Under Section 375, the Indian Penal Code clearly defines rape as "sexual intercourse with a woman against her will, without her consent, by coercion, misrepresentation or fraud or at a time when she has been intoxicated or duped, or is of unsound mental health and in any case if she is under 18 years of age." This is one of a handful of sections under which film director Rohan Khurana (Rahul Bhatt), accused of rape by Anjali Dangle (Meera Chopra), is found guilty and sentenced to 10 years jail time, in the film Section 375.

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The Times Of India
By Sreeparna Sengupta (4/5)

A movie director is accused of raping a costume assistant working on his film. While he is sentenced to jail by the Sessions Court, the case is reopened in the High Court. And in the face of media and public scrutiny, two determined lawyers battle it out.

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Hindustan Times
By Monika Rawal Kukreja

Courtroom drama is Bollywood's favourite formula that is tried-and-tested. With power-packed punchlines, influential lawyers fighting high-profile cases, and the verdict mostly giving out a strong message, courtroom tales are known to be gripping. And, therefore, it's no surprise how Section 375, based on Section 375 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), effortlessly manages to register its presence in the minds of people.

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