Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15 garnered a lot of appreciation from the audience and the critics as well. It talked about the unspoken aspects of the caste system in India and how the lower caste struggles for survival even today.
Recently, Anubhav Sinha revealed that the film was a compromised vision as he intended to make it more palatable.
During a recent interaction with Anupama Chopra, Sinha was joined by fellow colleagues - Dibakar Banerjee, Vetrimaaran, Nandita Das and Nagraj Manjule in a conversation with journalist Anupama Chopra.
The filmmaker was asked about ‘Cheese’ he added that made his films more mainstream, to which Sinha replied: “Cheese is a very thin layer of certain compromises you make to make it more palatable.”
He further mentioned that “I wouldn’t make Mulk or Article 15 if it did not penetrate into the next layer. There’s no point in Anupama liking Article 15 and the people not liking it.”
Mulk dealt with religious bigotry, and Article 15’s narrative addressed a quite subjective topic - Caste. Whereas, Sinha’s next, Thappad, talks about domestic violence.
Although, speaking about a particular moment in Article 15, the director referred to a moment towards the end of the film wherein Ayushmann Khurrana is portrayed as an upper-caste hero walking with the Dalit girl in his arms. The filmmaker further elaborated the processing of his ideas and said:
That shot of the upper caste hero, walking with the Dalit girl in his arms, according to me, was a compromise, which I had to make. Creating a hero allowed me to say a whole lot more in the film.- Anubhav Sinha
The film’s portrayal of an upper-caste man as the hero was met with conflicted reception.
Anubhav agreed with this. “A lot of people did have a problem with the gaze of the film, and I agree with them. I don’t disagree with them. But that allowed the film to reach out to 70-80 lakh people in theatres and add so much more on OTT.”
The film has repeatedly received backlash from a huge audience as hard-hitting reality reflected in the film seems to be far more effective. Anubhav attributes the resistance towards his film, which revolves around the caste system, to the fact that agitating policial parties don’t want the subject discussed.