Akshaye Khanna ousted from Section 375?

February earlier this year, it was announced that Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chadha had been signed on for a film titled Section 375: Marzi Ya Jabardasti, which explored the issue of misuse of rape laws by men and women alike. Produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, the movie was being helmed by Rahasya maker, Manish Gupta. But ever since, there has been no movement on the project.

After Hrs had reported in March that Akshaye had kept the Section 375 team waiting as he had allotted his dates to The Accidental Prime Minister. Now, we hear there’s another twist to the plot. Apparently,  Akshaye is no longer a part of the project. Says a source, “There have been several discussions and disagreements between the actor and the makers. Akshaye has violated the contract and has been unavailable for the longest time. Now, the whole team has decided to replace him in the film. They don’t want to make the movie with him anymore.” Richa, however, is still on board for the suspense drama. 

Too many demands

Problems, apparently, started right after the announcement. Our source reveals, “Akshaye had already signed the contract for a certain remuneration that was promised to him. But after he signed another film, he wanted twice the amount. He also asked for several changes in the script, and was disinterested in the project thereafter. He had allotted his dates for the film, but went back on his word. For the time being, the movie has been stalled.”

Earlier, Akshaye had refused to be a part of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s web series The Family Man, for the same reasons. He had allegedly quoted a ridiculous price for it. Our source adds, “He needs to re-evaluate his market value before making such obstinate demands.”

Legal action in process

The makers of Section 375: Mazi Ya Jabardasti including the director and producer, are reportedly miffed with the Ittefaq actor and plan to take legal recourse. “They are filing a lawsuit against Akshaye for breaching the contractual terms. They are also scouting for another hero and trying to get the film on floors as soon as possible,” our source asserts. We tried to contact Manish, but he remained unavailable for comment.