Article 15 director Anubhav Sinha on
Karni Sena threat : It’s time people respected CBFC

After the threats from Karni Sena against the release of Article 15, director Anubhav Sinha says that filmmakers can’t be constantly bullied.

Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 starring Ayushmann Khurrana is based on the Badaun rape case of 2014.

Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15 starring Ayushmann Khurrana is based on the Badaun rape case of 2014.

After making a hard-hitting film on the discrimination against Muslims in the country, director Anubhav Sinha is ready to start a fresh discourse on caste-based discrimination through his film Article 15. Ever since the release of the trailer of the film, which stars Ayushmann Khurrana, the director has found himself in the middle of another controversy.

After Hindu fringe outfit Parshuram Sena alleged that Article 15 shows Brahmins in a bad light, reports of the director’s effigies being burnt have surfaced. The Karni Sena too has threatened to stall the release of Article 15. The film hits the screens on June 28.

Director Anubhav Sinha has refuted all allegations claiming that Article 15 is an anti-Brahmin film. In an interview with Mid-Day, Anubhav Sinha said, “Why would I make an anti-Brahmin film? People are smart enough to know that there were enough and more Brahmins associated with the making of the film to know [that it doesn’t showcase them in bad light].”

The director is shocked that the Karni Sena, which had created a ruckus over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in 2017-2018, and other fringe groups have no regard for the decisions of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The director said, “The CBFC is an autonomous government body, which has cleared the film with a U/A certificate. It’s time people respected such institutions.”

Director Anubhav Sinha said that the Censor Board can play a crucial role in ensuring smooth release of films. “The CBFC should report this to the Home Ministry to curb such protests. [People] can disagree, but such overt threats must stop, once and for all. Filmmakers can’t be constantly bullied,” said the director.

When asked if he was going to seek police intervention, he said, “The threats are in public domain. Whenever the police thinks it should intervene, it will.”

Article 15 is a socio-political drama loosely based on the Badaun rape and murder case (2014) and other real incidents of caste discrimination. Ayushmann Khurrana plays a dedicated cop who is investigating the murder of two teenage girls.

Ayushmann Khurrana said that people who are protesting against Article 15 should watch the film to begin with and they will realise there is nothing in it against them.Written By Pinkvilla Desk  38010 reads  Mumbai  Updated: June 25, 2019 03:37 pm

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Ayushmann said that somebody had to take the first step. He added that people are sensitive about their own communities but they should realise many of them have been insensitive towards the underprivileged since time immemorial. He feels this is the right time and era to talk about caste discrimination.

The actor added, “Change will not happen immediately but it will trigger a conversation. Those communities should realise that the film has been cleared by the Censor Board, which is a body set up by the government. They should watch the film to begin with and they will realise there is nothing in it against them. The same thing happened with Padmaavat. Watch the film and then if there is something objectionable, protest. Then at least it’s fair.

Indiatoday and Pinkvilla