Akshaye’s upcoming legal drama will tackle misuse of rape laws


MUMBAI: Akshaye Khanna is back with yet another suspense-drama! After playing a cop in both Mom and Ittefaq recently, the actor will be suiting up to play a lawyer in his upcoming flick, Section 375.
Khanna and Richa Chadha will star in lead roles in the legal drama which will highlight the misuse of rape laws in India. The film is said to be inspired by 10 different real life cases; the story unfolds in the form of an ambiguous rape case in which the judiciary is unable to conclude whether the incident was rape or consensual sex. The defense lawyer of the accused (played by Khanna) and public prosecutor (Richa) will lock horns in a court room, each serving up solid evidence to make their case. Backed by Panorama Studios, the movie will be produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak and directed by Manish Gupta. “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,” Gupta said in a statement. Gupta attended several hearings in court for two years to research for the project. “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. It’s very disturbing not only for the accused and the survivors but also their families,” Gupta said. No release date has been announced yet.