We are eagerly waiting for Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming film Article 15. The actor has opened now up about discrimination on the basis of caste and religion in the film industry. “There is no discrimination in the industry. It is purely on the basis of merit. Nobody discusses caste and religion in the industry. If you are good, you are applauded and rewarded. The industry is very secular and democratic”, Ayushmann told IANS.
Article 15 had recently irked the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh over the fact that the story has been "tweaked". They felt that since the film was portraying the accused as Brahmins, it could defame the community.
However, Ayushmann is sure that the film does not take any sides and has no intention to show any community in a bad light. “As of now, they are reacting to the trailer but with the film we have not offended anybody. The censor board has cleared the film. They are the ones who should be taken seriously”, he said.
Earlier, Ayushmann had also spoken to Anupama Chopra about the “white-saviour” complex in Article 15.
“India is a pluralistic society. We have to strike a balance. In Mulk, there was a Hindu girl who was fighting for Muslims. It has to be like that. That Hindu girl has to be aspirational for all the extremists. In Article 15, there has to be a Brahmin or a so-called upper caste who is fighting for the Dalits or the reserved category. He is the one who is leading by example. It is obvious that the downtrodden will fight for themselves, but in our country you need to have that ‘hero’ who can fight for them”, the actor said.
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Article 15 is releasing on 28 June. The film is based on the 2014 Badaun rape and murder case in Uttar Pradesh. After much speculation and investigation, it was found that few upper-caste men in the village had raped the Dalit girls and hanged them from a tree. Ayushmann Khurrana plays the role of the investigating officer in them film.
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