Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha to play lawyers in ‘Section 375: Marzi Ya Jabardasti’

Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chadha who will share the screen space for the first time will essay the role of lawyers in Manish Gupta’s real life inspired movie ‘Section 375: Marzi Ya Jabardasti’, trade sources said on Saturday.

The film revolves around the debate of how women often misuse rape laws. These stringent laws are created by the government for the protection of female gender. But there are many who use its loopholes for their own personal benefit.

The film ‘Section 375: Marzi Ya Jabardasti’ explores these two aspects of the same coins. It is inspired by 10 real life cases.

Speaking on getting Akshaye on board, Manish revealed that he wasn’t looking for a quintessential hero. His requirements were that of an intelligent guy who looks approximately 40 years old.

‘For me, Akshaye was the perfect match for the role of a suave South Mumbai lawyer who is fluent in English. On the other hand, Richa Chadha will be seen as a public prosecutor,’ he said.

Manish said that he has undergone extensive research for the film. From meeting alleged rape accused to survivors, he even explained the process of a special court. It has a female judge who is generally appointed only to hear rape cases.

‘Rape laws are being misused by men and women alike leaving the judiciary and police confused as to which rape case is genuine and which is fake,’ Manish said.

The filmmaker said,“There are special courts with female judges who only hear rape cases. I have also met survivors, their families, alleged rapists and lawyers representing both sides,’ adding, ‘It’s very disturbing not only for the accused and the survivors but also their families.’

The movie brings forth the much discussed debate on rape and consensual sex.

‘The suspense of whether it was rape or consensual will keep the audience gripped till the end. Both the lawyers will have ample evidence to back up their case,’ Manish said.

‘Section 375: Marzi Ya Jabardasti’ is said to be produced by Abhishek Pathak.

‘I was super impressed with the script and was immediately drawn to the idea. I have seen Manish’s ‘Rahasya’ and we thought it was a great film. We know what he will be able to achieve with this script. When he came to us, we were drawn by the idea of ‘Section 375′ and decided to back the project,’ Abhishek said.

The film is expected to go on floor in March this year.


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