Article 15 Movie Review 2019: Steered By The Constitution

Article 15 Movie Review 2019: Steered By The Constitution

CRITIC'S RATING    3.5/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    4.5/5
Movie Name
Article 15
DIRECTION
Anubhav Sinha
GENRE
Crime, Drama, Thriller
DURATION
02 hours 10 minutes

Article 15 Review


At a time when the starriest of films brag only about their opening weekend collections, here'sone where the maker may justifiably take pride in the content.


Last year, the same filmmaker came up with a fine film called Mulk. It spotlighted the woes of a Muslim family that has to fight the stigma of terror stamped on it.


Writer-director Anubhav Sinha does it again with feeling as he weaves a realistic story around our Constitution which guarantees equality for all without discrimination. It's a right that most of us take for granted. Like IPS officer Ayan Ranjan does until he gets a rural posting and comes face to face with our infamous caste differences. Anubhav slams it in right away when he opens with Ayan wanting a bottle of water. His juniors exchange glances before telling him that they shouldn't be stopping where the lower caste resides.


The ‘Them' versus ‘Us' conversation is a constant. It's when three minor Dalit girls go missing and two of them are found dead that the full impact hits Ayan. Of the apathy of law enforcement and sometimes their active participation in crimes against the marginalised.


Led with understated sincerity by Ayushmann Khurrana, the film gets a boost from the heartfelt performances of Manoj Pahwa,Kumud Mishra and Sushil Pandey who have an effective role to play as policemen who wear their caste with as much pride as the stripes on their uniforms.


Technically, Anubhav chooses to keep the camerawork gloomy-grey, the atmosphere playing its part in telling a disturbing story. The music too is rustic and far from happy, contributing to build the mood. But the sound required more clarity as some of dialogues by Ayushmann and others are not clearly audible.


The presence of girlfriend and human rights writer Aditi in Ayan's life is more because he needs a sounding board than for romance. With veteran Anjum Rajabali overseeing the script, a dark and credible story is told with fictional license. However, the track of Dalit girl Gaura and her fiancé Nishad makes the film go elsewhere for a while. Because of this, too much happens at one point leading to a bit of confusion about who's doing what.


But once Anubhav returns to Ayan and the unravelling of the chilling murders, he's in the saddle once again. The intrigue, the cover-ups and the politics of the region that has a long reach, tell a tale of where we as a people often fail to uphold the values of our Constitution.


Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.


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Analysis

    Direction
    4/5
  • Dialogues
    3/5
  • Story
    3.5/5
  • Music
    2.5/5
  • Screen Play
    3/5

The Verdict

Realism over a sordid state of affairs may have takers only from the multiplex audience. But this is important, impactful cinema that will hopefully make as big a difference as Ayan does at the end.


 

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