The Trial traces Noyonika’s thorny (Kajol) journey from a formerly successful lawyer who, after marrying Rajeev, turned to tending the house, her husband and two daughters. The sex scandal and his imprisonment forces her to join the workforce again — she has bills to pay and the assets she held with Rajeev have been frozen.
Aarya Sareen (Sushmita Sen), is forced to wield a gun and become a gangster to protect her three children after her husband is gunned down, leaving her in debt, traps and debt traps.
The dynamic Kasturi Dogra (Raveena Tandon), a police officer in a small town, overcompensates for a listless husband who feels emasculated by his wife’s professional success and growing intimacy with a colleague.
The emasculation is more literal, with Pallavi Patel’s (Madhuri Dixit) meek husband taking a viagra-like pill, hoping the erection would prop up their wilting marriage.
Dixit’s character is a successful actor who is paraded about by her abusive husband. Incidents like this lead to Dixit’s character staging her own abduction in order to become the protagonist of her own story.