Ayshmann Khurana never disappoints his fans. Taking a look back at all his roles till now, be it Vicky Arora in Vicky Donor or Shivkar Bapuji Talpade in Hawaizaada, he has perfectly played his character every time and this time he is in a totally different role of a Police officer in the film Article 15. The movie is going to release on 28th June. Here is everything you need to know about Article 15 that our constitution has laid down for us.
Way back in December 1946, when the constituent assembly of India first met, the drafting committee, chaired by B. R. Ambedkar, went through various constitutions of the world to pick out the best features and incorporate them while framing the constitution of India, the supreme law that would guide the government while running the country. Article 12 to 35 of the Indian constitution, which consists of a total of 448 articles, talk about Fundamental rights. Article 15, which is further broken down into 4 points, deals with the right to equality of an individual. From the American constitution, our leaders borrowed the concept of Fundamental Rights.
What is Article 15?
Article 15 of the Indian constitution prohibits discrimination of individuals on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. As written in the constitution:
1. The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.
2. No citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them, be subject to any disability, liability, restriction or condition with regard to-
i) access to shops, public restaurants, hotels and places of public entertainment; or
ii) the use of wells, tanks, bathing ghats, roads and places of public resort maintained wholly or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of the general public.
3. Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children.
4. Nothing in this article or in clause (2) of article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
In a society where the caste system is so deeply entrenched, Article 15 of the constitution deals with the discrimination and give equal rights to every individual regardless of their caste, sex, religion, etc. Yet, one can’t deny the existence of bias towards people belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribes.
About the film:
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Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming film, titled Article 15, is inspired from a real incident of 2014 when two minor girls from Dalit community were kidnapped, gang-raped and killed in UP’s Badaun district. Their bodies were later found hanging from a tree. Khurrana plays a cop who’s posted in a town where the murder of a girl uncovers the ugly face of caste-based discrimination. From the short videos of the film, which Khurrana has posted on his Instagram, the films seem like a serious attempt at confronting everyone who believes in the utterly flawed, archaic and obsolete arrangement of caste. It’s also for the first time in Indian cinema that a film is calling out everyone. Everyone involved in the making of the film deserves appreciation. Ayushmann Khurana’s take on the trailer of the movie was,
“We are so depressed in our real lives that we need something to feel proud about. The appeal of this film is we should be proud of our country, but we can’t be blindly proud of it. We need to better our nation,”
Watch the trailer here:
Anubhav Sinha’s film is thought-provoking, hard-hitting and brings light to the burning social issues in the country. Sayani Gupta as Gaura plays the character right. She plays a headstrong woman from a lower caste. Another outstanding performance is by Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub. This man, even in an extended special performance, leaves a mark. Isha Talwar, who plays Ayushmann’s love interest doesn’t have much to do in this film, but her onscreen chemistry with Ayushmann is amazing.
We’re excited about the movie’s release and looking forward to a positive critique by the audience. It is based on a very sensitive subject. You can even never be sure about how the audience is gonna react!
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