Article 15 Story
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana as IPS officer Ayan Ranjan, Isha Talwar as Aditi, Sayani Gupta as Gaura, Kumud Mishra as Kisan Jatav, and Manoj Pahwa as Bhramadatt Singh
Article 15 is based on Article 15 of the Indian constitution which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. The movie is based on two real-life incidents: Badaun gang-rapes allegations (2014) and Una flogging incident (2016). The movie starts with villagers engaged in singing a song. It is shown that three Dalit girls are being held captive in a bus for gang rape. Ayan Ranjan, an Indian Police Service officer, is recently posted to Laalgaon as the deputy-Chief of district police.
Ayan is heartily welcomed by the department. But Ayan notices that the village still discriminates people on the based of caste. While Ayan fails to understand this, incidents around him get complicated. The next day it is shown that two of the three Dalit girls who were gang-raped have been hanged from the tree while the third girl Pooja is missing. Ayan then orders officer Brahmadutt to file a missing person's report and to obtain the post-mortem report for the deceased girls.
However, Brahmadutt tells Dr Awadesh to make the case look like the case of honour killing. He further instructs them to write the report that both the girls were too intimate and in shame their fathers murdered them. However, as Dr Awadesh was not available, his assistant Dr Malti Ram does the postmortem and finds out that they were gang-raped. Malti is again pressurized by Brahmadutt to mislead the case and to lie on the report.
Ayan does everything in his course to make sure to get Pooja back, but he hopes goes in vain when other officers pressurizes him to close the case on the grounds of honour killing. But it when Gaura, Pooja's sister, informs Ayan that the girls used to work for a local builder named Anshu Naharia. Recently the girls had asked for an increase in their salary by just Rs. 3 but Anshu refused to do so and thrashed them. Ayan calls Anshu for investigation, and then suspects him as the main criminal in this.
Will Ayan find the main accused? Are all police officers loyal in this, or they are simply putting a curtain on a heinous crime? Where is Pooja and is alive and safe? All these questions form the rest of the story.
Article 15 opened up to positive response and received major critical acclaim. Anubhav Sinha too received compliments for making such hard-hitting movie. Since it was a typical commercial film, it didn't make it to the 100 crore club. However, the film collected around a sum of around 60 crores. Ayushmann Khurrana's choice of script is commendable and he truly is a versatile actor that Bollywood is blessed with.
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