Since Article 15 trailer launched the film has been in the center of controversy right from Brahmin Community to the Karni sena for depicting the shielded issue of deep rooted cast system in our society. The Karni Senas even went to the extent of threatening the director, Anubhav Sinha and asking for a ban on the release. After which Ayushmann Khurrana clarified the film’s motive and now Anubhav Sinha has penned an open letter to address the issue and clear the air.
The director on Twitter posted an open letter captioning it, “An open letter to all offended from my film’s trailer.” In the letter the filmmaker has assured that none of the communities in his movie is shown in a bad light thus he made an honest appeal to everyone, asking them to not judge the film by it’s trailer as it only shows some glimpses and not the real message of the film, he also expressed his apologies if the trailer has hurt anyone’s sentiments, he further insisted that the movie paints a brighter picture for the society. The director has asked people to watch the film and then decide if it has hurt Brahmins or any other cast through the storyline. The letter which reads in hinds says, any film’s trailer does not depict its entire story. Various portions of the film are brought together to show an interesting story. No film will attempt to disrespect any community. The director further added that these protests based on such assumptions, just wastes everyones time. He states that Article 15, shows no disrespect to the Brahmin community and many Brahmin actors and technicians have been a part of the film and his wife, too is a Brahmin. He added that the makers have no reason to disrespect anyone. Sinha concluded by stating that the film has been screened for journalists in Mumbai and Delhi and reviews have been put up on the Internet too. He thus requested journalists to assure everyone that the movie has not hurt the sentiments of Brahmin community and neither the Rajput community. Hence he asks even the Karni sena to stay assured. Through the letter, Anubhav has also condemned the rape threats to his sisters and mother.
The film has received the ‘UA’ certificate after five modifications by the Central Board of Film Certification. The investigative thriller is based on the Badaun rape case features Ayushmannn Khurrana as a cop, with Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Manoj Pahwa. It releases on June 28.