June 28th, 2019 | Updated on July 1st, 2019
Since his debut in 2012, Ayushmann Khurrana has picked up many unconventional themes and subjects, many established stars would not have dared to touch.
Be it Vicky Donor, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan or Badhai Ho, they all portrayed sensitive issues, with him in the lead role. Now, he has put his weight behind caste system. This is the theme of Article 15, the first film of his career that is part political, and part social.
Even before the release, this film had courted major controversy. Many believe that this film about caste system has been made from the perspective of a privileged protagonist. However, many think that this film is an strong indictment of the caste system prevalent across India.
Ayushmann Khurrana has played the role of an IPS officer Ayan Ranjan in this Anubhav Sinha-directed film.
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Movie Reviews: “Article 15”
Movie Review: Live Mint
There’s something very satisfying about the way director Anubhav Sinha and his co-writer, Gaurav Solanki, pile detail upon detail until the screen becomes heavy with suggestion.
Khurrana’s Ayan is the stable mean of Manoj Bajpayee in Shool and Rajkummar Rao in Newton. With his inherent modesty as a lead performer and his seeming inability to be boring in front of the camera, Khurrana continues to be one of the most watchable actors in Hindi cinema today.
With the impassioned Mulk (2017), and now this film, Sinha seems to have turned a corner in his work.
Movie Review: India Today
Director Anubhav Sinha’s craft lies in his subtle portrayals of the horrors that corrode the country from within. His sensitivity to such subjects shows when he depicts the evils that tear society apart.
Mulk, Article 15 is an uncomfortable watch and makes you squirm when it shows you the caste discrimination in the country.
Article 15 is based on the gruesome Badaun rapes in Uttar Pradesh, where two girls were found hanging from the tree.
In a world of Bollywood cinema, where chest-thumping and nauseating patriotism is celebrated, it is safe to say Article 15 is a daring, and well-meaning courageous film. Unlike Karan Johar’s glossy Dhadak, which tiptoed around caste in its film even though the original Sairat was hard-hitting, Article 15 plunges right in, unabashedly.
Movie Review: 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 is heavy on atmospherics, with the top notch cinematography (Ewan Mulligan) and background score adding to the mood. The feel is grim, gritty and grey often bringing a chill to the bone with palpable tension in the air.
The dialogues leave an impact. And the director brings out subtle nuances through his characters and setting which add to the essence of the narrative.