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Movie Review: Article 15 (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

ARTICLE 15 is the story of a righteous cop trying to solve a caste-related crime. Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) is an IPS officer from Delhi who has been transferred to a village named Lalgaon in Uttar Pradesh as punishment posting. As soon as he joins duty, he comes to know about a case involving three missing girls from the Dalit community in the village. The cops out there don’t investigate the matter, citing that the case isn’t serious and the community often files false complaints. The next day however, the corpse of two of the missing girls – Shalu and Mamta – is found hanging on a tree. The third girl, Pooja, is missing. One of the girls from the community, Gaura (Sayani Gupta) tells Ayan that these three girls used to work under the local contractor Anshu who used to pay them Rs. 25 per day. The girls then asked for a raise of just Rs. 3 but it was rejected by Anshu. Hence, they protested and left work. Gaura alleges that Anshu possibly violated the girls to teach them a lesson. Ayan decides to investigate the matter as he realizes that Gaura is indeed right. But officer Brahmdutt Singh (Manoj Pahwa), working under Ayan, secretly tries to change the narrative of the crime. He plants a story in a newspaper that both the girls were in a same-sex relationship and that’s why their fathers killed them. In short, it was not a caste-related crime but honour killing is what he tries to prove. He also forces Dr. Malti Ram (Ronjini Chakraborty) to change the post mortem report, although it’s clear that Shalu and Mamta had been repeatedly gang raped and then hung on the tree. Amidst all these challenges, Ayan attempts to solve the case and find Pooja. To top it all, a Dalit underground leader Nishant (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub) attacks police officer Jatav (Kumud Mishra) and Ayan’s PA Mayank (Ashish Verma) and sets their jeep on fire. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

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Positive Reviews
4.5 “Ayushmann Khurrana stands tall in this essential film about cops and caste.”
Hindustantimes
4.0 “Real and riveting!”
Mid-Day
4.0 “Ayushmann Khurrana’s Film is a MUST-WATCH”
Masala
4.0 “‘Article 15’ is not a light watch, but it is definitely relevant, compelling and a film that will spark conversation.”
TOI
4.0 “Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bitter Pill With Just A Hint Of Sugar Coating”
NDTV
4.0 “A radical, thought-provoking film on caste discrimination”
Sify
4.0 “Powerfully painful & soothingly healing, an empowering piece of cinema that offers hope and salvation that is so necessary in today’s time. Very highly recommended.”
Glamsham
4.0 “Ayushmann Khurrana starrer will make you question your traditional ways”
TNN
4.0 “Ayushmann Khurrana’s Thriller Pens Intrigue Around Information!”
Koimoi
4.0 “Article 15 offers you the truth about today’s society without pulling any punches. “
Filmfare
4.0 “A topical, intelligent and compelling affair”
Deccanchronicle
3.5 “ARTICLE 15 is a hard-hitting film that raises some important issues related to caste, that are plaguing the country. “
Bollywoodhungama
3.5 “Ayushmann Khurrana film makes you uncomfortable”
Indiatoday
3.5 “The grey, gritty mood of this film will keep you so engaged, you will not be able to eat popcorn “
Nowrunning
3.5 “This Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer Is Some Food For Thought!”
Filmibeat
3.0 “Entertaining social drama”
Rediff
3.0 “Ayushmann Khuurana’s Article 15 is a brilliantly portrayed, hard hitting eye-opener.”
Indiatvnews
3.0 “An important film”
Indianexpress
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