It’s been almost 70 years that India accepted the Constitution and all the articles of it but do we really see Right to Equality Sense clear? Especially in rural areas? NO. Article 15 was created by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on one of the Most important and sensitive issue of our traditional society, giving everyone the Right to Equality regardless of what cast, state or religion person it is. Rarely any Filmmaker tried to focus on this subject, don’t know why, may be because of fear of controversies or some other threats. Just forget it, we can’t say it anymore as Article 15 has just become the Pioneer Film on that subject.
The Plot of Article 15 is realistic as we see 2 Lower Cast underage girls are raped & hanged for the sake of 3 rupees and the 3rd girl is missing. An honest IPS officer Ayan (Ayushmann Khurana) gets his 1st posting in Lalgaon, exactly a day after the Girls are missing. He tries to find the rapist and murderers but the conflicts doesn’t let him catch them that easily. Later on predictable things like Political pressure, resistance in investigation, suspension and ofcourse conspiracy takes over the scenes. It is very important to have diffrent things in screenplay and quality in execution when it comes to a predictable plot where we already know that Protagonist gonna win at the end, and fortunately that something different and Quality is Found here. Anubhav Sinha had tried gutsy script before, he might have missed that quality with Mulk but he improvised himself as a Storyteller this time. Watch out for the Realistic execution, Ayan’s intelligent explaination against CBI officer and the Ending scene when the Truck passes and that Frame, that Voice note is used with Excellent direction skill. Without any doubt Mr. Anubhav Sinha, Article 15 is your Best Work till date.
Talking about Ayushmann Khurana, this guy is in different league altogether now. The Kind of films he chose in last couple of years has put him in different league and Article 15 adds another good work in his pocket. Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra have shined equally good in the film. Sayani Gupta and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub were there for little time yet both of them managed to leave an impact. The screenplay has something new to offer and the runtime never make it look boring. Although couple of moments looked unnecessary for this hard-hitting narrative, ot is still okay, those are forgiven for that tight convincing climax. Let’s keep minuses aside, because we have majority of plus points such as Strong Script, Brilliant Performance, Engaging Narrative, Excellent Direction and last but not the least, That Socially Important Content.
As a whole, Article 15 breaks the silence on Very Sensitive issue in Loudest and Bravest Cinematic Shout. At one moment it looks like Bimal Roy kind of cinema but Bimal Roy was more focused towards connecting Human emotions rather than using Law books. Although Anubhav Sinha made it more regional, more Filmy and used Constitution at his Level Best, the perspective of both of the cinematic minds remains same. Article 15 will go down in Memory lane as One of those Socially Important films which we don’t see oftenly whereas it stands as one of the finest made in 2019 so far. If you are that Quality Cinema lover who is always ready to watch Content Driven Film with less or no Entertaining elements then you can’t really afford to miss Article 15.
– Sameer Ahire