If there was to be an awards ceremony for all Bollywood films released in the first six months of the year, ARTICLE 15 would merit walking away with awards for the best movie, best direction by Anubhav Sinha, best actor for Ayushmann Khurrana, best supporting actor for Manoj Pahwa and best background music for Mangesh Dhakde. And if there were to be an award for the boldest movie, it would win this award as well, in view of its naming (through the election symbols) of all the leading political parties in Uttar Pradesh as helpless bystanders and in some cases as blatant violators of Article 15 of the Indian constitution. I was fortunate to have seen a version in New York today which perhaps include a few such politically sensitive scenes that could be clipped for viewers in India.
ARTICLE 15 is cast in the mould of some of the earlier Prakash Jha movies about atrocities in Bihar. There is one important difference, however. Unlike the venom spouting hero who takes law into his own hands in those movies, Anubhav Sinha conveys a story of how one can initiate changes and deal with atrocities while staying within the confines of the law and without the need for fist fights and display of muscular strength. Instead, the protagonist literally wades through swamps and dirties his hands while remaining steadfastly committed to his mission of bringing the culprits to justice.
ARTICLE 15 is raw and shocking; particularly for those unfamiliar with the caste segregation as is still practiced in some parts of our country in open violation of that article in our constitution which makes it illegal for using caste distinctions to discriminate between people. Anubhav Sinha in 2018 had given us the powerful MULK and ARTICLE 15 is a worthy successor. Who could have guessed that the director of an eminently forgettable Shah Rukh Khan movie RA ONE could give us masterpieces like these?
Another trivia about ARTICLE 15: shooting commenced in March 2019 without any fanfare announcements, and in less than 90 days we get to see this on the screen.
Just watch it!
RATING : 4.5 out of 5
June 29, 2019

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