I’d like to start this by saying I am genuinely surprised and happy that the director of films such as Cash and Ra1 is making such impressive cinema. Obviously a lot of your reaction to Article 15 will depend on what angle you view caste from. But regardless of what your views are, this is an essential film that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. Hard-hitting is a word that has become a cliche in the cinematic parlance but there is no other way to describe what happens on screen.
We get scene after scene of discomforting intensity that is frankly beautiful to watch. Yes, you could argue that the film is slow moving. But it needs that time to open the eyes of Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana). He is a stand-in for many of us, the person who is aware of what is going on but does not know the severity of the situation. Khurrana is absolutely brilliant in his portrayal. He serves the script beautifully and gets to showcase his acting chops as well.
Another strength of the film is the outstanding cast that surrounds Khurrana. A special mention has to be made for Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa and Sayani Gupta. These three play characters that are crucial to the plot and it helps that they are outstanding actors. The best thing about Article 15 is that it can give a secondary character such as the one played by Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub a full arc. This shows that the writers want to talk about the people behind the problem of caste and those affected by it and not just show us an overview.
Article 15 is meant to make you feel uncomfortable. It takes you into the depths of the caste problem faced by many in India. I don’t know if this film is going to bring about change in society but I hope that it facilitates a conversation. It will be an eye-opener for many and for that I would like to thank Anubhav Sinha. At the end of the day, “Farq bahut kar liya, ab farq laayenge.”
Until next time, bye.