Article 15 is all about IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) who has been posted in a remote and grim Lalgaon Village in Uttar Pradesh. Here the people where wear the cast system on their sleeve.
Named after the provision in the Indian Constitution that prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, Article 15 is based on the gruesome Badaun rapes in Uttar Pradesh, where two girls were found hanging from the tree.
It's an unsettling world, where people don't even want to share water with people from lower castes. More than a person's name, it's their caste which is of relevance.
In all of this, we also get to meet Aditi (Isha Talwar), Ayan's love interest. She adds the much-needed calmness to this gritty and a hard hitting film.
Every actor in the film has been carefully handpicked and they have given their all to the character they have been assigned to. Ayushmann is sincere and we get to see some extraordinary performances by Sushil Pandey as a lowly policeman, Kumud Mishra as the son of a sweeper who is now a policeman and last but not the least Sayani Gupta as a sister to a missing girl.
However, for me, the star of this film is Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub who essays the role of a revolutionary Nishad, a rebel who can't lose hope because he has become the face of it for his people. He gets some of the film's most memorable lines and will be remembered for his performance.
All in all, Article 15 will disturb you, as there are scenes in the film that you may not like to watch, but then it's a film that we all must watch, because the events covered in the film have actually happened and I am sure they are even happing as I write this review. It's Sad, Disheartening, but at the end of it, it's True.
One needs to applause Anubhav Sinha and his team for attempting this one. Kudos to them!!