Ayushmann Khurrana's Article 15 has landed into the troubled waters. The film that talks about the renowned Badaun incident in Uttar Pradesh, has irked the Brahmin community belonging to the state for showcasing them in the wrong light. Members of Parshuram Sena, a Brahmin group in Lucknow have claimed that Article 15 has been tweaked- if reports of a leading daily are to be believed. The report also suggested that the community feels that by showing the rape accused as Brahmins, it will lead to defamation of the caste. The community has also vowed to not allow the film to release in Uttar Pradesh.
"If the film is based on the Badaun incident, where was the need to turn the accused into Brahmins? It is obvious that the intention is to malign the Brahmin community. We have started creating awareness about the issue and we will not allow the film to release here," Kushal Tiwari, a member of the Parshuram Sena quoted.
Ayushmann Khurrana in Article 15
Citing an example of how the Thakurs from Rajasthan imposed a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat for manipulating Rani Padmavati's character and not keeping the cultural norms intact, Tiwari questioned that why can't the Brahmin fight for their honour and respect. Tiwari further said that the Parshuram Sena will be launching a campaign against the film's release. "We are launching a campaign on the social media and we have also been trying to contact the film director Anubhav Sinha but he has not been taking our calls," Tiwari said. He further added that if he would have known the story of the film, he would have launched a protest during the filming itself.
Article 15 is about the Badaun incident where two Dalit girls committed suicide after being gang-raped. The incident took place in 2014 under Akhilesh Yadav's Government. The accused were policemen. The Uttar Pradesh Police Department was accused of showing leniency towards the culprits due to political pressure. Article 15, is scheduled to release on June 28.
(Source: Times Now)