Ayushmann Khurrana will next be seen in Anubhav Sinha's much awaited thriller Article 15, that is reportedly inspired from the Badaun rape and murder case. The trailer of the film shows two young girls of a village brutally raped and murdered, their bodies hanging from a tree. It shows the girls -- whose families are marginalised and forced to work as laborers -- were targeted because they demanded a hike of Rs 3, in their daily wages. Ever since the trailer release, which features Ayushmann as a Brahmin police officer investigating the case, the film has been embroiled in one controversy after another.
Recently, Article 15 earned the ire of the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh, who got upset over the fact that the story has been "tweaked". With the intention of portraying the accused men as Brahmins, they felt it will defame the community. Now in a latest development, we hear that ahead of the film's release on June 28, director Anubhav has been receiving threats on social media, as reported by a leading daily. Moreover, a multiplex chain has apparently got threat letters saying that Brahmin groups and Karni Sena will assemble outside their properties to protest against the screening of Article 15. Hence, in wake of these threats, cinema owners are now reaching out to the local police stations for help with additional security.
While Anubhav hasn't spoken on the controversy yet, a source close to him revealed to the daily, “Anubhav has been addressing sensitive subjects in the society through his movies — be it Mulk and the upcoming film. As it nears its date with cinemas, he has been getting threat mails and calls from different stratas of the society, particularly the upper bracket of the age-old social structure.”
Article 15 also stars Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Nassar, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Shubrajyoti Bharat, Ronjini Chakraborty and Zeeshan Ayyub.