At the end of the very engaging courtroom drama Section 375 director Ajay Bahl leaves us with a question mark regarding the rape survivor’s claim of being raped. This ambiguous ending has angered netizens and several critics who accuse the director trivialising the #MeToo movement. Ajay Bahl is being trolled mercilessly for the ‘open’ ending. But Ajay is far from fazed.
He defends his film, “There is never a clean closure to such a horrific crime. Also, it must be remembered that this was a script that was brought to me by the producers to direct a subject that was already with them. So my opinion on the way this courtroom battle ended wasn’t taken into consideration.”
About the critical backlash Ajay says, “You will be surprised at the huge number false cases of sexual harassment and domestic violence that are registered against men. To say women are always right and men always wrong in sexual harassment cases wouldn’t be correct. My film doesn’t defend predatory behaviour. It argues for a right of voice for the accused.”
The rape incident in Section 370 set in the Hindi film industry has many shades taken from the murky Shiney Ahuja case. Says Ajay, “There may be similarities. But ours is a fictional case. There are many such cases in every profession. In showbiz, they get highlighted.”