Is Article 375 A ‘Shiny’ Example Of MeToo?
Ajay Bahl who directed the startling sexually charged unorthodox feature BA Pass in 2012 is back with another eyebrow-raising film . Sex is a predominant factor in Bahl’s new film Article 375 as well. Here a film director ,played by Rahul Bhat (seen recently in the title role in Sudhir Mishra’s Das Dev) stands accused of rape.
The buzz in the film industry is that Article 375 is inspired by the allegation of rape against actor Shiny Ahuja, though Ajay Bahl and the film’s producer Kumar Mangat deny it.
Says Ajay, “Our story is different. When Kumar Saab came to me with the script I could immediately sense the immediacy and the topicality of it.There are bound to certain similarities between our subject and similar cases including the one mentioned by you(Shiny) because we are dealing with the issue of consensual sex versus rape within the Hindi film industry.”
Ajay’s first film BA Pass was an uncompromising look at a young male escort’ssexual exploits with Delhi’s housewives.
What took Ajay so long to return to direction?
“I guess I was waiting for the right subject and the right people to back it. In-between I started a film . But I opted out as I couldn’t see eye to eye with the producers. Article 375 is the kind of subject I believe in. My producers let me make the film the way I wanted without compromise,” says Ajay.