Article 375 Review :
Director – Ajay Bahl
Star cast – Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadda, Rahul Bhat and Meera Chopra
Genre – Courtroom Drama
Producer – Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak
Production Studios – Panorama Studios and T-Series
Music – Clinton Cerejo
Cinematography – Sudhir K. Chaudhary
Running time – 124 minutes
Rating – 3.5
The film revolves around the case of a filmmaker who is accused of rape of his junior costume designer at his residence when she visited his place to collect costumes. Rohan is then arrested on the charges of rape when the young girl complains the police. The session court finds him guilty and sends him for 10 years in jail. However, his wife challenges the court’s decision in the Bombay High Court by approaching a popular criminal lawyer Tarun Saluja played by Akhshaye Khanna. He then takes up the case as he finds the decision unfair. Then begins the courtroom drama between the two lawyers played by Akshay Khanna and Hiral Gandhi played by Richa Chadha who is the public prosecutor and Anjali’s lawyer. The case becomes murkier than expected and what goes next is interesting to catch.
The story has a huge potential and has relevance in the current times. The screenplay of the film seemed effective for most parts. One may find the movie becoming a bit of technical but for the target multiplex audience can easily comprehend. The dialogues in the film are both sharp and acidic, however, one can even find too many English dialogues suiting the audience the best. The direction is apt, it makes the audience glued for long. The courtroom drama is edgy and has all the elements that can make you sit for than two hours without taking a loo break.
The first half goes well but the second half the film seemed dropping a bit becoming a personal war of the two lawyers. With a good start and gripping courtroom drama, it expected to come out something with some unpredictable stuff and a compelling climax, sadly nothing of that sort happens. Talking about the performances, both Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chadda have simply nailed it playing the criminal and public prosecutor respectively in the court. The others too have done a decent job.
Article 375 The Last Word
The film is a hard-hitting courtroom drama, which raises pertinent issues. It has the potential to break the potential to impress the multiplex audience as it goes technical preventing the masses unable to understand it.