Article 15 Review :
Director – Anubhav Sinha
Producer – Anubhav Sinha
Production Studio – Zee Studios and Benaras Media Works
Writer– Gaurav Solanki and Anubhav Sinha
Cinematography – Ewan Mulligan
Running time – 130 minutes
Rating – 3.5
A young IPS officer is posted in rural India in UP and he encounters some caste disparities along with some uncomfortable truths in heinous crime in the area. He founds three girls missing and soon two of them are found dead in the village of Lalgaon having no trace of the third one. He then senses the class disparity behind the murder, which was perpetrated under honor killing. He then takes things in his hand to sort out the matter, so, how do the young IPS sort out the class disparity thing is interesting to explore here.
Ayushmann Khurrana is known to have tried doing unconventional films in his career and he has done fairly well in most of his movies. Article 15 somewhere remains in this category when the actor gets a film playing the role of an IPS officer who comes from Europe after his master’s program calling spade a spade and good as good. He sees things in black and white and as per him, there is no grey or other shade that can keep him away from the truth. His passion to reach to the truth is impressive that made the makers point out a pertinent issue, which we in India have been facing since long. The honor of killing the caste-based disparity in our society has pitted the country with several social evils.
Ayushmann’s character Ayan Ranjan is quick to understand the plight in the rural area. The director seems to have gone out of the way to portray the Article 15 that gives equal rights to every citizen of the country and no one is above the law. Hence he had to face the wrath of people who have been indulged in such politics particularly in the northern areas of our country. His direction has propelled good research allowing him to make a realistic script that somewhere uncovers the issues that we still face in India particularly in the rural areas.
Talking about performances, Ayushmann has simply nailed it with his incredible performance playing a young IPS officer. The others on board like Kumud Mishra seemed perfect as always and has done a wonderful job as he did in films like Mulk and other movies. Similarly, Sayani Gupta proved her potential too as she did in Jolly LLB 2. She had a similar role in Article 15. The others like Aakash Dabhade and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub had their powerful performances on the silver screen. The other elements like photography, music, screenplay and other elements seemed incredible and have helped the film to have a decent entertainment value..
Article 15 – The Last Word
All in all, Article 15 seems to be a hard-hitting film, which puts across some vital issues that are linked to caste and similar issues. These issues have plagued the country that remains the central content of the film. With powerful performances and a good plot, the film is expected to do well at the multiplexes, while at the single screens it would be doubtful.