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Witness the Gruesome Reality of the Caste System that Still Prevails in India.....

  • Shashank Shekhar

    Shashank Shekhar (5,254 DM Points)

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    3.0
    Desimartini | Updated - September 02, 2019 11:09 AM IST
    3.3DM (21319 ratings)

    Verdict - The film revolves around the brutal rape case that took place in Badaun in 2014 thereby exposing the presence the age-old caste system....

    Article 15Release date : June 28, 2019

    Ok…so the title “Article 15” is smartly placed as at a time when people are gathering knowledge about their constitutional rights and article 370, section 377 have been removed, it is quite evident that the audience is much more aware of the socio-political issues than before. Now, the director Anubhav Sinha adopts a conventional approach to showcase the horrific events that took place in 2014 in Badaun with two innocent girls that shocked the entire nation. This approach works also to a fair extent as the audience are keen to watch movies based on true stories and real events, which is why Bollywood cinema is evolving to become a much more content driven & realistic portrayal of the society in which we live.

    The movie is an investigative account of the murder of those two girls which was an outcome of the deeply rooted caste system that is still prevalent in the rural, underdeveloped, and remote areas of our country. The irony is that as shown from the lead protagonists’ view, majority of the people in our country are still victims of this sick mentality in the 21st century as well. The film also resonates with the audience as the urban audience is bound to connect with the journey that the lead actor Ayushman Khurana goes through as his character is basically an urban, sophisticated, modern, intelligent IPS officer who is shell-shocked as he comes face to face with the realities of the region in which he is transferred.

    Ayushman once again does full justice to his character as he plays the role of an IPS officer with the required doses of subtleness, maturity, and sensitivity. Further, he makes the character different from the police officers generally shown in Bollywood movies as he adds a tinge of class and eliteness to the role which surely makes his act convincing as the audience will understand that this guy is free from corruption and despite being a newbie, he has the guts and strength to take on the extremely complex case and at the same time he has the heart to fight for justice for the two innocent girls.

    The movie smoothly unwraps how all the people of these areas are culprits for bowing down to the conservative mentality of discriminating people with their castes and the well crafted & deeply researched screenplay also shows the apathy that the unfortunate people belonging to lower castes have to go through. It is no doubt a brave move to make a film on this sensitive subject as it not only is an eye opening experience for the audiences, but in this age of digital platforms, the movie will surely reach a wide section of the audience.

    Although, the movie may seem to be too grim and hard to digest for a section of audience and the pace of the movie is a bit slow, but the cast of terrific supporting actors including Kumud Mishra and Zeeshan Ayyub, make this movie worth a watch. Just like this case, there may be so many people suffering for mistakes that they haven’t even committed in the rural areas, it is a sad and deeply moving fact that still in most of the rural areas, people are succumbing to this narrow-minded affair that was made centuries back. No wonder wht India is still known as a third world country.Period.

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