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MOVIE REVIEW: Article 15

By Gitanjali Chak Email By Gitanjali Chak
August 2019
MOVIE REVIEW: Article 15

Article 15

Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Music Directors: Anurag Saikia, Piyush Shankar

After a long time comes a movie that’s grim and hard-hitting. What’s more, it’s designed as a crime thriller. The director looks at the centuries-old caste system in India, and while doing so, gives us moments that rattle your core. Every actor, led by Ayushmann Khurrana, is in top form.

Inspired by the horrific 2014 Badaun gang-rape and murder case, in which two minor Dalit girls were found hanging from a tree, the film puts a young police officer, the St. Stephens-educated Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) in charge of the investigation while he is on posting in Laalgaon, a small town somewhere in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This is easily Ayushmann’s most mature and nuanced performance till date. The supporting actors are terrific, too, including Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra who also play cops. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub shines in a small role as a Dalit revolutionary. Sayani Gupta is perfect in her part, though it could have been better fleshed out. The pace of the movie also dips at times. But you cannot fault the atmospherics, made more effective by the background score.

Oh, in case you do not know, Article 15 refers to the provision in the Indian Constitution that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, or place of birth. But unfortunately, that’s only on paper. The reality is quite different, even today, a fact that this movie highlights so chillingly.


1. Bekhayali (Kabir Singh)
2. Slow Motion (Bharat)
3. Hook up Song (Student of the Year2)
4. Hauli Hauli (De De Pyaar De)
5. Ve Maahi (Kesari)
6. Jugraafiya (Super 30)
7. First Class (Kalank)
8. Coca Cola (Luka Chuppi)
9. Aankh Marey (Simmba)
10. Apna Time Aayega (Gully Boy)


(Left) Kabir Singh.


1. Kabir Singh
2. Article 15
3. Bharat
4. De De Pyaar De
5. Super 30
6. Badla
7. Luka Chuppi
8. Total Dhamaal
9. Gully Boy
10. Kalank


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