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Article 15 Review

U/A Drama 2 hrs 10 mins Jun 27, 2019
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Article 15: A Tight Slap On The Face Of Casteism and Discrimination

Anubhav Sinha has finally found his zone with Mulk which released last year. The film was a hard-hitting take on Islam-phobia and was aided by some terrific performances from the likes of Taapsee Pannu. Anubhav has chosen to come up with yet another socially relevant subject with his next film Article 15. Will he be able to continue his success streak? Let's find out in Article 15 movie review.

Article 15 movie starts off with Gaura (played by Sayani Gupta) along with few Dalit kids singing the famous Kahab Toh Lag Jayee Dhak Se song. This very scene hints us what this film is going to be about if the trailer hasn't given that information already. Meanwhile, Ajay Ranjan (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) is introduced as an IPS Officer who is given charge of Lalgaon Police Station in Uttar Pradesh. His conversation with the car driver reveals an interesting anecdote which summarises the life in Lalgaon. Being a city-bred person who spent quite some time in foreign countries, it takes some time for Ajay to understand the village and its rules.

On the other hand, three girls go missing but the subordinates (Bhramdutt and Jatav) of Ajay assure that they will turn up. The very next day two of them are found dead and hanged to a tree. Things get serious as Ajay gets into the act and tries his best to find the whereabouts of the third girl. In the process, he confronts the Dalit leader Nishad (played effortlessly by the very talented Zeeshan Ayyub). Ajay gets to know about the caste system and the criminal discrimination on Dalits. What follows is a gripping investigative thriller.

Article 15 comes at a crucial time and it is the most important and relevant film that the country needs right now. It doesn't discuss anything new that we didn't know about but it gives a tight slap on the face of everyone who conveniently ignores such topics. As a film, it chooses to be less dramatic but it is still sharp and impactful with the message it wants to convey. We don't see many Bollywood films daring to discuss topics like these and the last film one can remember is Masaan which beautifully addressed the issue of caste-based discrimination. Though Masaan left a minor impact, Article 15 deals with it in a much more serious manner.

Anubhav Sinha and his co-writer Gaurav Solanki have etched a simple story which is loosely based on 2014 Badaun rape case. But their focus is beyond and more than the murder mystery. In the process, they keep bashing everyone including Hindutvavaadi politicians, Dalit Netas, the media, and even Gandhiji. The writing exposes the dirty side of rural areas where the poor people are exploited without their knowledge, where rape is used as a weapon of suppression, and where the caste discrimination is fed as a usual thing.

A great story cannot be told effectively without good performances. In this aspect, the first people that should be appreciated are the casting team. They did a fantastic job by opting for lesser known actors for some roles and even the important characters were played by PERFORMERS and not stars. While Ayushmann is a bonafide star, he never, not for a  second shows that he is a star hero. He underplays his character to great effect. His restrained performance as the honest cop who believes in and only in constitution right through the movie is one of the best we have seen from him. The box office success of this film largely depends not only on his star power but also his acting potential that leaves a major impact on the audience.

Apart from Ayushmann, Zeeshan Ayyub leaves his mark as the Dalit leader. He has time and again proved how good as an actor he is and his terrific form continues. In Article 15, he has a very less screen time as compared to Ayushmann but he leaves as much impact as the latter does. Sayani Gupta whom we have seen in a posh avatar in Four More Shots Please! shines as Gaura. If she can be a little careful in choosing her next projects, she has a long way to go. Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Nassar, etc have done complete justice to their roles. Isha Talwar as Aditi is impactful in a short and sweet role.

Ewan Mulligan cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful. While he captures the beauty of rural villages in India initially, it is his work which takes the narrative forward sometimes. The songs and background score are decent. There are no downsides in the technical department in this well-made film.

Positives:

  • Brilliant Writing
  • Gripping Narration
  • Terrific Performances
  • Ewan Mulligan's Cinematography

Negatives:

  • Few Slightly Dragged Narration

Pycker Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ayushmann Khurrana is in the form of his life with back to back hits Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho in 2018. His first movie release of 2019 is Article 15 which is directed by Anubhav Sinha of Mulk fame. The film had a special premiere for the press and media a couple of days before the theatrical release. The response from the critics and everyone else who watched the film is phenomenal so far.

Ayushmann Khurrana is being praised for his terrific performance once again. He seems to have done a fantastic job as IPS Ayan Ranjan in the film. According to the critics, it is a hard-hitting message oriented film which discusses an important topic. The caste system and racial discrimination are said to be presented in a realistic and gritty manner by Anubhav Sinha and team. The dialogues are said to be one of the major highlights of Article 15 movie.

Article 15 is said to be technically brilliant as well with impeccable cinematography by Ewan Mulligan. The writing is said to be exceptionally relevant and gutsy as Anubhav Sinha tries to present the harsh reality of Indian society. While the technical team has done a job, the actors Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Zeeshan Ayyub, etc also seem to have done complete justice to their respective roles. Their screen presence and powerful performances are said to have taken the film to the next level.

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What is Article 15 about?

Anubhav Sinha who created a minor sensation with the film Mulk last year has come up with a film about the supposedly prevalent caste discrimination in India. But the film is in fact based on a real-life incident that has rattled the country in 2014,
Badaun gang rape and murder, where two girls were found hanging from a tree. 
The case became sensational and controversies rose when the local police and then the CBI said that there was no sexual assault was involved. It was then recorded as a suicide of the girls. The victim families did not agree with the report and said that the CBI had given a false report, on orders of the upper-caste Yadavs, who were initially accused of raping these two girls. 

The Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Article 15 also touches upon the case of seven members of a Dalit family who were assaulted by a group of people in pretext of cow protection in Una in Gujarat. This Anubhav Sinha directorial is also affected by controversies with cases filed on the makers, the director received email threats and the film was called anti-upper caste. Leaving aside the controversies, the film offers an intriguing story and a problem which needs to be openly discussed. 


Article 15 Promises

Truth from a different perspective 

The film which is based on the Article 15 of the Indian Constitution which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, is a hard hitting tale of the currently prevalent issues. As is the case with Anubhav Sinha’s films, he is showing the truth from a different perspective. 

Unpopular may it be with a section of his incisive observations in the form of a film is much-needed phenomenon as Bollywood generally go with popular opinions and glossy narratives when it comes to social issues. As the director himself said, Article 15 May not being change in the system with immediate effect. But it’ll surely make at least the educated think and inspire a few to act.


Ayushmann Khurrana 

One of the biggest names of the current generation of star heroes, Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the best actors of the times. Though he mostly did films with quirky storylines and contemporary subjects which are given a lighthearted treatment, he’s surely up to the challenge of portraying an IPS officer. This is going to be a different role for him after slightly comedic roles in Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho. From what we have seen in the trailers and promos, he is sure to have done a fabulous job.


Anubhav Sinha and his team

Anubhav Sinha also co-produces this film in collaborating Zee Studios on his own banner Benaras Media Works. Zee Studios distributes this film. Mangesh Dhakde composes the musical score of this film with the songs composed by Anurag Saikia,
Piyush Shankar, Divine, and Gingger. Ewan Mulligan is the cinematographer. As much as this is an issue based film, backed by some of the best talents in the industry, Article 15 is the first choice for those who want to watch serious films. 

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