Mulk filmmaker Anubhav Sinha’s latest Article 15 starring Ayushmann Khurrana had its world premiere at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival on Thursday evening 20 June and the first reactions to the film have started trickling in. The film tackles the issue of caste based violence with Ayushmann playing the role of a police officer for the first time.
The first reviews from London have unanimously praised the film, singling out the performances from Ayushmann, Sayani Gupta, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The reviews also commend the film’s treatment of a sensitive subject.
If you’re after an intense slice of life film (with not many light-hearted moments to break it up) which isn’t your average from the genre, ‘Article 15’ is a film that will make you question your own biases – conscious or otherwise – and it’ll also leave you wondering why in today’s generation a caste system is still in existence in mindsets.Amrita Tanna, Biz Asia
Overall, Article 15 is a brave, relevant and hard-hitting watch. The subject matter of caste disparity is important to be addressed, regardless of whether one views it as a political film or as a procedural drama.Anuj Radia, Filme Shilmy
Twitter reactions from the audience who saw the film at the premiere have also been glowing, once again praising Ayushmann. Here’s a sample.
Article 15 will release in theatres worldwide on 28 June.