Akshaye Khanna is a man of few words. The actor, who stole hearts with Taal (1999), Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and, more recently, Mom (2017) and Ittefaq (2017), accepts that the nature of filmmaking is changing because the “audience is evolving”. Khanna sits down with mid-day to discuss his latest release Section 375, how it’s a conversation starter and why the film is open-ended.
What prompted you to take up Section 375?
I was particularly thrilled with the script because it was well written and an intelligent film, where everything was sketched out thoroughly. As opposed to films which tackle similar topics. Section 375 doesn’t take sides or a moral stand. It allows the audience to decide. It takes you through a case and shows the different perspectives of the society, judges and the lawyers. I believe, if a film doesn’t take a stand, the audience is bound to make an opinion. I don’t know to what extent the film will be watched, but it would be a good thing if it encourages a conversation.
Do you feel that the film can bring about a change in the society?
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