Article 15: A crime thriller with social message

Cast- Ayushmann Khurana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra

Director- Anubhav Sinha

Rating- 3/5

Jitendra Kumar

Story: Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurana) is an IPS officer whose upbringing is from upper class of society.  He is given charge of Lalgaon Police Station in a rural belt of India. He studied in Delhi’s St. Stephens and lived in Europe prior to this. Ayan is not comfortable with the mindsets of this new area and faces a lot of opposition from local people. He faces the strong presence of caste discrimination and societal inequalities there. Three girls employed in a local factory went missing. His colleagues Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra tell him that the girls will turn up soon. But the next morning, two of them are found hanging from a tree. It unfolds the horror of casteism and other disparities in the society. Relentless pressure is mounted on Ayan as well as other police officers to close the case. But Ayan refuses to buckle down and starts the investigation. He succeeds in his mission and opens the can of worms in the society.

Review- The film seems like any crime thriller. But the story telling is different. It is thought provoking, hard hitting and brings out the social evil. Some of the scenes are really heart touching. The scenes like – a man going deep in the mud to unclog it, the bodies hanging from the tree, stand different and create strong emotions. The dialogues are well written. The story keeps us on the edge, but there are moments when the pace is slow. Yet, the director Anubhav Sinha has created a magnificent storyline and atmosphere in the movie.
Ayushmann Khurana stands out with his superb performance as sincere and determined police officer. He gets under the skin of his character. Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub have played their roles very good.

‘Article 15’ is like any other crime thriller, yet it stands out of this genre with its strong social message.

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