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But Dr Judith Anne, programme research coordinator for the National Dalit Movement for Justice , told The Independent there were reports of right-wing activists taking the law into their own hands, forcing cinemas to stop showing the film in her home state of Uttar Pradesh. Subscribe Login Subscribe Login News UK World US UK Politics Brexit Tech Science Education Health Business InFact Independent TV Climate SGI COP26 Climate News Climate Voices Climate Life Paralympics 2021 Voices Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade Editorials Letters Shaparak Khorsandi Mary Dejevsky Mark Steel Janet Street-Porter John Rentoul Sean O’Grady Tom Peck Culture Film Music TV & Radio Books Art Photography Theatre & Dance Streaming Hub Games Geoffrey Macnab Clarisse Loughrey Ed Cumming Crosswords & puzzles Premium Chris Blackhurst Hamish McRae Janet Street-Porter Mary Dejevsky Jenny Éclair indy/ life Travel Women Fashion & beauty Food & Drink Dating & relationships Health & fitness Royal Family Tech Money Design & home Motoring IndyBest Home & garden Kids Books Travel & outdoors Fashion & Beauty Food & Drink Tech Sports & Fitness Competitions Deals Compare indy100 My Independent Most commented Ask Me Anything Virtual Events Newsletters Competitions Vouchers Samsung Boden Argos Hyperoptic John Lewis Currys Nike ASOS JD Sports boohoo AO.com Gousto Vodafone JD Williams Audible Compare Mobile phone deals Best SIM only deals Best iPhone deals Best broadband deals Cheap broadband deals UK Edition US Edition Asia Edition Edición en Español {{#items}} {{#edition}} {{/edition}} {{title}} {{#children}} {{/children}} {{#children}} {{{children}}} {{/children}} {{/items}} Success Your account has been created In its 11-page petition, the BSOI said the “objectionable dialogue” of the film would itself incite hatred against Brahmins and violence between castes. Article 15, from director Anubhav Sinha , follows the story of a real-life event in 2014 when two minor girls from the Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh state were gang-raped and murdered by men from a “higher” caste. Join our new commenting forum Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies There is a scene in the movie where Khurrana is standing in the middle of the rural police station, having to have his own caste status and therefore his place in the social hierarchy explained to him - as an outsider from the urban elite, he had no idea. His response, one that might mirror that of many people when first informed of India’s existing caste divisions, is to cry out: “What the f*** is going on here?” Article bookmarked Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile
Sinha told the Indian Express that his target audience for the film were not the caste-riven rural communities themselves, but rather educated young people who were not aware such things still went on. Since its 28 June cinema release, the movie has grossed an impressive 500m rupees and won praise from film critics, with India Today ’s Lakshana Palat calling it “an uncomfortable watch makes you squirm when it shows you the caste discrimination in the country”. The petition also took issue with the film’s name, with Article 15 of the Indian Constitution prohibiting discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. The petitioners claimed that association with the “anti-Brahmin” movie would cause “severe damage to the public perception of Article 15 and its origin ”. And she repeated a point that many critics have made - why did the film’s downtrodden Dalit community need a Brahmin hero to save the day? 1 /1 The Bollywood movie that India’s upper caste is trying to ban The Bollywood movie that India’s upper caste is trying to ban Supreme Court rejects petition to stop cinemas showing film that portrays Brahmin villains in case of brutal caste-based atrocity Recent attempts by film-makers to at least reference caste issues include the lauded Marathi-language movie Sairat . But a Hindi remake in 2018, Dhadak, was panned as a watered-down version that skirted round the core issue of love across caste barriers. The director, Sinha, has in previous interviews defended making his protagonist upper-caste, insisting the message is not that “only Brahmins can save Dalits”. {{title}} Trending {{title}} Featured {{title}} Sponsored Features {{title}} Voucher Codes Booking Com Discounts Getaway Deals up to 15% off with Booking.com vouchers Debenhams Discount Code 50% off fashion for men, women & kids in the Debenhams sale online Ideal World Promo Codes 20% off your next fitness purchase - Ideal World promo code Aliexpress Promo Code Up to 70% off - AliExpress super value deals this week Marks and Spencer Discount Code Marks & Spencer Sparks: 10% off clothing, movie article 15 based on which incident beauty and homeware Get in touch Contact us Jobs Our Products Subscribe Register Newsletters Donate Install our apps Archive Other publications International editions Independent en Español Independent Arabia Independent Turkish Independent Persian Independent Urdu Evening Standard Novaya Gazeta Extras All topics Voucher codes Compare Independent Advertising Syndication Working at The Independent Legal Code of conduct and complaints Contributors Cookie policy Donations Terms & Conditions Privacy notice User policies Modern Slavery Act ✕ Log in Their main complaint is that while Brahmins are among the antagonists in the movie, the accused in the real-life 2014 rape case were from a “general” caste - in other words, neither upper or lower. ✕ Close Article 15 trailer A Bollywood thriller that focuses unsqueamishly on the caste divide in modern-day India has fought off attempts from critics to get it banned - and proven a success at the box office in the process. Not everyone is happy to see the caste divide exposed under the Bollywood lights. Some Hindu nationalist groups, which have strong roots in Uttar Pradesh, have said they would have tried to block its filming on location in the state had they known the full details of the plot, in which the villains turn out to be Brahmins. This week, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, saying the association should take the matter up with the body that licensed the film in the first place, the Central Board of Film Certification. The day after release, the Brahman Samaj of India , a national association for the upper caste community, filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding the film’s licence be withdrawn. The apparent motive for the crime, in both the movie and in real life, was to send a message to other Dalits about remembering their place. The girls, farm-labourers, had asked for a 3-rupee raise to their daily wages. The film, he said, was a message to “our young colleagues who think caste differences and atrocities are a thing of the past”. “I wanted the camera to firmly rest on our shoulders. It is addressed to all those who will make the New India in the next 10 years,” he said. News World Asia Article 15: The Bollywood movie that India’s upper caste is trying to ban Supreme Court rejects petition to stop cinemas showing film that portrays Brahmin villains in case of brutal caste-based atrocity “This movie represents progress. It is really saddening that people are trying to get it banned, and it is part of a trend - that as soon as you start talking about rights, or abuses, or atrocities, others say you are putting the country down. “If they don’t want to see movies like this then it really reinforces the point that the film is trying to make - that people are not willing to accept that caste issues are there.” Dr Anne said it was a positive thing that the film was opening up conversations around caste and that the film had some strong Dalit characters - though such is the underrepresentation of Dalits in Bollywood that none are played by Dalit actors. The film begins with the murders and then follows the attempts of urbane, educated - and upper caste Brahmin - police officer Ayan Ranjan to solve the case and find a third missing girl, in the process unpicking the caste-riven village society that led to the crimes being committed in the first place. Article 15 The Bollywood movie that India’s upper movie article 15 based on which incident caste is trying to ban The Independent The IndependentArticle 15 The Bollywood movie that India’s upper movie article 15 based on which incident caste is trying to ban The Independent The Independent “At a point the film takes a dramatic turn where the police officer is the only one left with the entire role of caste emancipator,” she said. “In the end it shows it is the Brahmin who is the liberator - it is not really showing that the community can fight for itself.” movie review article 15