Article 15: A crime thriller that reveals the ugly caste system in India

ARTICLE 15, directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, is a hard-hitting film that brings to the fore the menace of casteism in India. In the past, Director Anubhav Sinha has directed films like Tum Bin, Dus and Ra.One. His last film Mulk was critically acclaimed, and Article 15 seems to be a winner from Sinha. This thrilling investigative drama has a powerful plot, raises some pertinent questions, and should do well at the box office.

The Supreme Court recently dismissed a plea against Article 15 seeking cancellation of the certification granted to the movie. The petition was filed by the Brahman Samaj of India (BSOI) which claimed that the film contained casteist elements, and would incite public disorder and casteist violence. The supreme court dismissed the plea asking the petitioner to instead approach the appropriate authority.

Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: News18
After taking a sledgehammer to confront Islamophobia and intolerance in his last film Mulk, Anubhav similarly rips the door off its hinges in this brazen indictment of a centuries-old caste system and the oppression and atrocities it endorses. Article 15 isn’t just an important film, it’s 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. I’m going with four out of five. It’ll rattle your core.
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Ratings: — Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Filmcompanion
In Mulk, Anubhav gave us a more intimate story of a family that we could emotionally invest in. Article 15 doesn’t allow for that. But Anubhav succeeds in showing us that the heart of darkness isn’t in some far-flung corner of India. It’s within us because at the very least we’ve supported the inhumane 2000-year old caste system with little things – like keeping separate dishes for the house help. In one scene, a man enters a gutter to unclog it and emerges drenched in filth. His work keeps our lives sanitised – literally and figuratively. Article 15 compels you to recognise this. And that is a considerable achievement.
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Ratings: 4.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: Hindustan Times
What do you do when the system is the bad guy? There are no revelations here. Article 15 is not a film in search of easy answers. Instead, it is a reminder that we already know the questions but don’t ask them enough. Not cool, sir.
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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express
To make films which toplines these subjects is a way of getting us to talk, and, in an ideal world, start some kind of a push-back against injustice and oppression, things we have dangerously begun taking for granted. Article 15 may have an unsatisfactory element or two, but as a film, it rushes in to tread forgotten grounds. It is what is needed, call it what you will– a clarion call, a bugle, a shout-out.Make it worth your time, because if we don’t watch it, who will?
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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Saibal Site: NDTV
Sinha draws many of its plot elements from newspaper headlines of recent years, the principal one related to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and killing of two girls and the 2016 Una flogging of Dalit men and employs them methodically to probe caste and gender fissures and fault lines. It remains true to the demands of the plot without losing control over its principal purpose – administering a bitter pill with just a hint of a sugar coating. It works wonderfully well. Article 15 is a not to be missed film.
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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Sreeparna Site: Times Of India
Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Article 15’ is designed like a crime thriller. And what works for the film is that it’s thought provoking, hard hitting while unflinchingly bringing to light burning social issues.The film’s storyline, interspersed with powerful and poignant moments leaves you with goose-bumps. ‘Article 15’ is not a light watch, but it is definitely relevant, compelling and a film that will spark conversation.
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Article 15 Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Producer: Anubhav Sinha, Zee Studios
Run Time: 2 hour 10 Minutes

Article 15 is a thrilling investigative drama based on the Badaun gangrape and murder case (2014). Ayushmann Khurrana plays a top cop investigating the murders.

Two minor Dalit girls (cousins) from the Dalit Maurya community were kidnapped, gangraped and hanged from a tree in Katra Sadatganj on May 27. The incident triggered a massive outrage with even United Nations condemning the incident and calling for immediate action against the perpetrators. Katra Sadatganj is a Village in Usawan Block in Budaun District of Uttar Pradesh State.

Article 15 – Trailer | Ayushmann Khurrana | Anubhav Sinha

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