Anubhav Sinha said his motive was to raise questions in the audience’s mind as they left the theatres, so that they become more aware of the reality
Anubhav Sinha’s hard-hitting new film, “Article 15”, takes an unflinching look at caste discrimination and is earning good numbers at the box office. The filmmaker said his motive was to raise questions in the audience’s mind as they left the theatres, so that they become more aware of the reality.
“Even in newspapers, such incidents are published in the inside pages and projected in a less prominent manner. I hope people read them and take action — if not anything, just by changing (their) behaviour towards the people who work for them. That is precisely the reason why I depicted the manhole scavenging scene so elaborately, with a slow motion shot,” Anubhav told IANS.
The filmmaker said although there is always a lot of talk denouncing discrimination, people are yet to turn their words into action.
“We have conditioned them (people from the lower castes) not to demand respect and, for ages, they never asked for it. Since they do not ask for it, we do not bother about our behaviour towards them, which is disrespectful,” explained Anubhav.
“They are not well dressed because they have to do the dirty job for us. If they stop working for a day or two, you will feel miserable with all the stink and dirt!” he added. Article 15 features Ayushmann Khurrana along with Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Manoj Pahwa.
Mohhamed Zeeshaan Ayyub plays a Dalit leader named Nishad in the film.
The character of Nishad is killed in the end, because he was protesting against discrimination.