- ” Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable ” – BANKSY Director Anubhav Sinha`s article 15 does justify the above lines as the movie gets us to confront the deepest faultlines of modern India.
The movie is inspired by the real-life events of the death of two teenage Dalit girls in Badaun U.P in 2014 which caused agitation in the entire nation. The movies take it further and showcase the aftereffects of how the events unfold and how they affect the people both publicly and individually. There are so many themes which the director touches upon that we often see pushed under the rug. As the dialogue goes “Hum Kabhi Harijan Hojate Hai, Kabhi Bahujan Ho Jate Hain Bus Jan Nahe Ban Pa Rahain Hai… Ke Jan Gan Mein Hamari Bhe Ginte Ho Jai”
Unlike most Bollywood cop movies where the entire plot revolves around a macho, masculine and near to superhuman being who ultimately covers all the grounds the protagonist (Ayushmann Khurrana) is shown as the conflicted IPS officer who also represents the urban Indian who may understand the class divide but seems to be absolutely uninformed about the caste divide . His girlfriend played by Isha Talwar acts as the moral compass for him and tries to make him understand that ” we don’t want heroes but also not the people who are waiting for one”.
Caste separation is the main theme which became the reason for the suffering of three teenage girls who were led to their misery only because they wanted a hike of three rupees in their salary and were only devoid of it because of their caste and gender. Director highlights not only the theme of caste but also how child labor takes place in a harsh, pitiless and threatening environment which is not even the very question.
As the movie progress, it becomes more evident that abuse of power is something which is not part of the system but it has become the very system. People for long have adjusted to the continuous way the police works for people from different classes. The protagonist is seen as someone who doesn’t understand the balance and this becomes the main point of strain and misunderstanding between him and his subordinates. He has the urge to understand the social strata but the unending hierarchy challenges his patience from time to time and his relationship with his subordinates.
“ Koi Bhed Bhaav Nahi Karega… Ye Main Nahi Keh Rha Hai.. Ye Bharat Ke Samvidhaan Mein Likha Hai”
one of the most powerful frames of the movie is captured by this dialogue, there are specific scenes that are so close to reality that it forces the audience to question the age-old caste system and the inhumane conditions which are a reality to the “other unaware India”. Initially, in a scene, the protagonist is seen with JAWAHAR LAL NERHU’S DISCOVERY Of INDIA which might be the very INDIA inspiring the actor in the reel and director in the real-life.
ARTICLE 15 has been receiving raving reviews and appreciation from both fans and critics. Here are few :
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Can’t possibly write names of all people involved coz of the limited space here and each n everyone deserves a mention so will just end with 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 May Your Tribe Grow 💪🏼
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 26, 2019
Saw #Article15 again. It is essential viewing both as a fantastic film-making and as an important story of our times. The film is atmospheric, riveting and very well acted. दोबारा बधाई @anubhavsinha @ayushmannk and the entire team.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) June 26, 2019
Sometimes a film comes along where it's not the opening day collections you talk about but its impact as an important piece of cinema. #Article15 is one such film. Sometimes we need to get disturbed & squirm in our seats. You touched my heart, @anubhavsinha & @ayushmannk.
— Bharathi S Pradhan (@editorbharathi) June 24, 2019