Feature Name: Article 15
Directed By: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa.
Run Time: 130 minutes
Article 15 is based on the Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. The film follows IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) – a Brahmin city boy – who doesn’t understand the cast division. The film revolves around his attempts to understand the caste inequalities in the face of two Dalit girls who are being gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in the village and then disappearance of a third girl shortly after his arrival in Lalgoan.
Article 15 is not shown as a typical Bollywood film where the cop is the hero, trying to uplift the downtrodden. The film shows how even the oppressed, Dalits are now trying to make things better for themselves when the law and order do not support them.
The film’s opening scene of Gaura (Sayani Gupta) singing the folksy number Kahab toh lag jaayi dhak se is a hard hitting scene which sets the pace for the film. The screenwriting is on point and the use of the National Song – Vande Mataram – twice in the film will surely give you goosebumps.
The background music is what keeps you engrossed to the film. The writing by Gaurav Solanki and Sinha gives characters depth and shows that even this oppressed community have warriors and fighters – who aren’t just males.
The film has strong female characters like Gaura – who is in love with political rebel Nishad (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), Aditi (Isha Talwar) – Ayan’s journalist girlfriend, Dr. Malti (Ronjini Chakraborty) and the other girls.
While there is no doubt that Ayushmann steals the show as the newly appointed IPS officer, the problems he faces because of supporting and wanting justice for the Dalit is saddening to see. He keeps receiving ‘cautionary advice’ from his second in command – Bhramadattbut (Manoj Pahwa), to stay away from the politicians and maintain the status quo of the people in the village.
Jatav (Kumud Mishra) a Dalit whose father was a sweeper is a constable at the Lalgoan police station is the one who stands by Ayan’s side in his quest to get justice for the Dalits. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub has a cameo in the film but even then he manages to leave a lasting impression on all.
We give Article 15 4 stars with a kink!
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