Jun 28, 2019 Release Date:
130 min Runtime:
Article 15 Synopsis:
Article 15 is the 2019 movie and it is the real story based movie, there are moments in Article 15 that are so disturbing they feel like a punch to the gut.In one scene an entitled bully admits to beating up three female factory workers who demanded a pay hike of three rupees. There is a lot of talk about cast and power in Article 15. Ayushmann Khurrana plays Ayan Ranjan, a newly minted IPS officer posted to a small town named Lalgaon in the armpit of Uttar Pradesh.
Ayan represents the educated, urban Indian – idealistic, progressive, woke, but uninformed when it comes to the ‘real issues’ of the other India; the ‘real’ India. Inspired by true events of the horrific Badaun case from 2014 in which two teenage Dalit girls were gang-raped and murdered, their bodies hung from a tree, the film places Ayan in charge of the investigation, which in turn leads to righteous anger about caste atrocities, and self reflection on who he really is and what he stands for.
The film is significant not only for what it’s saying but also how it’s saying it. In one of the best scenes that’s played for laughs, Ayan asks his junior officers to reveal what caste they belong to, only to discover that there is a hierarchy even within lower sub-castes.
The filmmaking too is solid. A strong sense of foreboding is created in this movie by Anubhav and his cinematographer that hangs over Lalgaon as if darkness and violence loom at every corner. The film is relentless in its commitment to disturb the viewer. Corpses are filmed in uncomfortable close-ups, tension is built through slow-building background score, and the search for a third girl who’s missing but who might still be alive is all-consuming.
Anubhav assembles a crack team of terrific actors to fill out key roles. Manoj Pahwa as an upper-caste cop who warns Ayan not to upset the existing balance is in especially great form, as is Kumud Mishra also playing a cop, but who was born to a sweeper. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub has a small but memorable role as a Dalit revolutionary, and Sayani Gupta plays a Dalit girl and his love interest.
Article 15 is a powerful one and it’s superbly made. It comes at you all kicking and screaming, but this is a film that justifies its tone. Don’t miss it.
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