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Article 15

Article 15

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Directed by : Anubhav Sinha

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“With a gripping story line and strong performances Article 15 is a must watch”

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Ayushmann Khurrana

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A very well made serious film on the caste system in hinterland

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There are few movies where one feels like saluting the courage of the maker in taking up a burning issue of the country and more importantly dealing seriously with it without any box office trappings. So all credit to director Anubhav Sinha for making this film on the caste system in hinterland of India , all scenes in your face in their raw vitality.
Based in an actual incident in a UP town where two teenaged girls were found hanging one morning. Police officer Ayushmann has come to this town on transfer and as he settles down to his job he gets exposed to an ongoing investigation of this case. His deputy Manoj Pahwa is scheming and ruthless and he is in the process of winding up the investigation by jailing the fathers of the two girls and closing the case as an honour killing. Ayushman however feels that there is more to the case and continues his investigation in locating the third girl. He gets help from the elder sister ( Sayani Gupta) but in the process he faces obstacles and annoys some people. He gets suspended but continues the probe. CBI takes over and they also want to close the case. Ayushman finally soves the case which actually pertains to people of the upper caste teaching a lesson to the lower caste labourers by raping and hanging the two young girls.
The director is helped by the superb cinematography which brings out the locations in their grim texture . The inside of police stations, the hospital, the overflowing gutters, the shocked locals, the rural landscape etc are beautifully picturised by the cinematographer. Long after the movie ends, the following scenes leave an impression.
1. The opening scene with Bob Dylan's song " Blowing in the wind " in the background.
2. The labourer going into the manhole to bring up sludge from the sewerage and vanden matram playing in the background.
3. The shot of the two hanging bodies shot in silhouette .
4. Ayushman getting informed about the castes from his staff, as he questions them, finally asking them " What caste am I ?".
5. Policeman Manoj pleading with Ayushman not to disturb the peaceful balance between the upper and lower castes.
6. The policeman trying to influence the doctor to change the findings of the post mortem report.

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