Anubhav Sinha whose last film “Mulk” served as a commercial potboiler that was lauded by the audiences is back with another film that questions the very fabric of the society we live in. After much speculation and teasing the audiences relating to their capabilities based on cast, the Article 15 trailer has finally hit the web.
Produced by Zee Studios, the film revolves around the infamous Badaun gangrape and murder case from 2014. Co-written by Gaurav Solanki, the film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Sayani Gupta, Nassar, Kumud Mishra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Manoj Pahwa among others. Khurrana who has had a dream run on the box office in 2017 – Following his critically acclaimed successes in Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun & Amit Sharma’s Badhai Ho, Ayushman will be seen as a police inspector handling the case whose mysteries lie on the pedestal of the country’s long-drawn caste-system. The film is based on Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. Article 15 takes inspiration from true life events.
The trailer features a hard-hitting turn from the young actor who has mostly been seen in roles that require a certain chocolaty charm. The Article 15 trailer offers glims into the actor’s range of playing challenging roles like this one. Other than that, the trailer also portrays issues such as rape and honor killing that borders and forcibly boils the blood of the audience. The direction also seems a little problematic as the focus tries to shift into multiple plot threads including one that features a romantic angle between Khurana and Isha Talwar. Another high point of the trailer was a glimpse of Sayani Gupta – Who is now landing major roles in mainstream films after debuting in indie dramas by new filmmakers. The film’s USP is trying to bring change where the tagline says “Farq bahut kar liya, ab farq layenge.”