Directed by: Anubhav Sinha
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Release Date: 28 June, 2019
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Set against the backdrop of Badaun gangrape and murder case (2014), Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15 is a thrilling investigative drama based on true events.
Article 15 is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language police procedural film directed by Anubhav Sinha produced by Zee Studios and Benaras Media Works. The film is written by Gaurav Solanki and Anubhav Sinha. It stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Manoj Pahwa. The film is based on Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. Article 15 takes inspiration from true life events. Ayushmann Khurrana the protagonist, is playing a police officer in the film. The filming started on 1 March 2019 in Lucknow.
The film has been selected as the opening film for the 10th edition of London Indian Film Festival to be premiered on 20 June. Later it is scheduled for theatrical release in India on 28 June, 2019.
Article 15 Movie Production:
The story line of the film is based on the socio-political situation of the country, drawing inferences from true-life events researched over the last 6 months. Giving details on Article 15 Anubhav Sinha stated that “this film is an investigative drama where the audience too is an accused party … A very challenging film that needed an extraordinary actor like Ayushmann.”
The filming started on 1 March 2019 in Lucknow. During filming on 14 March 2019, Khurrana the leading star of the film, and the team entered into swamp filled with leeches to shoot scenes of the film. He shared picture of the team on twitter. The shooting of the film was completed in the first half of April 2019.
The lead actor of the film Ayushmann Khurrana shared the first look of the film on twitter on 6 March 2019. First look poster of Khurrana in the film was released on 27 May 2019. It also bears the release date of the film. The poster have tag line at top that reads as, “Farq bahut kar liya, ab farq laayenge” (Enough of the differentiation, it is time to bring about a difference.) Later the same day the teaser of the film was released on YouTube by Zee Music Company. The teaser got 7.5 million views since its release. The official trailer of the film was released on 30 May by Zee Music Company.
Article 15 Movie Trailer
In one of the scenes in Article 15, as a senior officer gears up to wade into waist-level sludge in search of a missing girl, he asks a constable if his mother had any advice for such ventures. To this, the man denies but adds that the TV has a advice which says, ‘daag acche hain‘. Even in the most grimmest situation, director-writer Anubhav Sinha manages to blend in a hint of situational humor which works in his favor in this Ayushmann Khurrana starer.
Foreign-returned IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) is handed over the incharge of Lalgaon Police Station in the heartland of India. As events unfold one after the other, Ayan realizes that the place is grappling with caste discrimination at every corner.
ARTICLE 15: यादवों ने किया रेप, Film में ब्राह्मणों को बताया बलात्कारी
Even before he could sink in this culture shock, a horrifying crime comes into the light where two underage girls are found hanging from a tree after being brutally violated, while the third girl goes missing. Everyone around him is keen to brush off the case under the carpet in the guise of ‘honour-killing’, but Ayan’s instincts tell him otherwise.
‘Aap logo ka transfer ho jata hai, hume maar diya jata hain,” warns one of the cops as he decides to dive deep into investigating the gruesome crime. The rest of the plot revolves around how Ayan uncovers the truth.
With ‘Article 15’, director Anubhav Sinha and writer Gaurav Solanki borrow a leaf out of a real-life incident and spin a hard-hitting narrative which makes you realize how deep the caste-based crimes run in our society. The makers do not sugarcoat the bitter pill and that’s one of the reasons why ‘Article 15’ makes a compelling watch.
On the flipside, Sinha introduces some characters on a promising note, but fails to give them a proper conclusion. Also, the political undertone in the narrative at a few places could have been easily avoided.
Finally breaking free from his ‘Dilli ka munda‘ mould, Ayushmann Khurrana drops a pleasant surprise as a tough cop who refuses to give in to the obstacles around him. The actor shines in the scene where he is baffled with the caste hierachy. There are moments where he just lets his facial expressions do the talking and boy, the intensity soon grows on you.
Anubhav Sinha ने Article 15 को Anti Brahmin बताकर बवाल कर रहे लोगों के नाम लिखा Letter
Sayani Gupta is pitch-perfect in her part. Seasoned actors like Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra pack a punch with their brilliant act. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub and Naseer too put up a good act, though Zeeshan’s role could have been fleshed a little more.
Ewan Mulligan’s cinematography is grim and gritty and blends well with the theme of the film. There are moments of discomfort when the lens capture the harsh reality of caste discrimination. Yasha Ramchandani’s editing could have been a taut especially in lazy first half.
Mangesh Dhadke’s background is effective, but should have been a little controlled as it hampers a few dialogues at places.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s Article 15 holds a mirror to our society that’s still grappling with caste disparities even after the birth of Indian Constitution.