Movie Review – Article 15

Siddhant Swain

There is a scene in this movie where a man goes deep inside a manhole to clear the sludge from the Lalgaon Police Station’s sewage and he emerges drenched in waste. The scene is anything but comfortable and elicits an awkward reaction out of the audience. It is one of many such shots where the audience feels discomfort watching the movie. Article 15 revolves around the deep-rooted problems in the rural heartland of our country, with crimes against lower caste people prominently shown. With a rating of 3.5 out of 5, Article 15 is a film that will spark debate and conversation among audiences for a long time to come.

The movie is centered around a city-bred IPS officer named Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) who is given the charge of the Lalgaon Police Station in the heartland of India, where he realizes soon enough that he will have to come across social evils like caste discrimination or maybe worse. The film picks up pace when Ayan comes to know about the news of three girls employed in a local factory who have gone missing for the last two days. His subordinates, Brahmadutt (Manoj Pahwa) and Jatav (Kumud Mishra) assure him that the girls must have wandered off and will return sooner rather than later. But the next morning, when two of them are found hanging from a tree, it confirms that something has gone horribly wrong. Directed by Anubhav Sinha, who also gave the religiously charged drama Mulk to the audiences, paces this movie just about in the right way to keep the audience gripped. Although the love story between Ayan and Aditi and the soundtrack was a put off amidst the tense setting, the film managed to pull off the suspense in a very appealing way. It is safe to say that people were holding on to the edge of their seats until the very last scene. It is a film which will spark debates and conversations among audiences for a long time.

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