‘Article 15’ Movie Review: A gripping crime drama that exposes the ugly face of caste system
Directed By: Anubhav Sinha
Produced By: Anubhav Sinha, Zee Studios
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5
As metropolitans living in comfortable homes and working in cozy offices, we often forget that the maority of India is still living under the dark shadow of its past. Caste system rears its ugly head in many places and it’s a menace that needs to wiped off. ‘Article 15’ is an important film because it showcases this.
IPS officer Ayan (Ayushmann Khurrana) is an honest cop who comes across a gruesome murder and rape case. The movie revolves around Ayushmann’s fight for justice despite all the odds.
What works for the movie is the manner in which the gruesome murders are represented. Anubhav Sinha keeps it as stark as possible and some of the images (in the first half) are spine tingling. You can say that Anubhav has represented reality as it is which is commendable.
As far as Ayushmann’s performance is concerned, he hits all the right notes. Unlike Ajay Devgn‘s ‘Singham’, this police officer has less swag and style, but that is what makes him realistic.
There are negatives too. The movie could have been twenty minutes shorter and the storyline does move slowly at times. Yet, all is forgiven when you’re delivering such a powerful message. It’s time that we woke up to the reality of caste system. It’s time we made enough noise for the people in power to notice. It’s time to bring change. And this movie goes a long way in doing that.
You can watch it over the weekend, but instead of that tub of popcorn, opt for a hot cup of coffee.