An advocate has moved court in Muzaffarpur alleging that Brahmins have been depicted in a disparaging manner in ‘Article 15’, which stars Ayushmann Khurrana in lead role.
According reports, advocate Shiv Kumar Jha moved chief Judicial Magistrate Suryakant Tiwari’s court saying that ‘being a Brahmin’, he felt on watching the promo of the film, directed by Anubhav Sinha.
Fearing that the film ‘Article 15’ may trigger communal tensions between different casts, Jha stated the movie also made derogatory reference to a particular dalit community.
Naming the actor Ayushmann Khurrana, director Anubhav Sinha and various crew members of the film, including music directors Anurag Saikia and Mangesh Dhakde in his complaint, Jha sought initiation of criminal proceedings against all of them under sections 153, 153 (A), 500 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.
The four sections relate to offences of giving provocation to cause a riot, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race and language and jeopardizing communal harmony besides causing defamation and making a criminal threat. On Jha’s prayer to summon those named in the plaint, the court fixed June 17 to hear it next.
‘Article 15’ is slated to release later this month. This film is based on the theme of social discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and sex which is prohibited under ‘Article 15’ of the Constitution.