Ayushmann Khurrana: We Shouldn't Be Blindly Proud Of Our Country
GLOBAL MOVIE MAGAZINE|July 2019

Ayushmann Khurrana, who is gearing up for the release of Article 15 that tackles the issues of caste-based discrimination, says people of the country are sensitive towards each other.

Ayushmann Khurrana says the country is unique because it has people of all kinds, but one should not be “blindly proud” of it. The Bollywood actor, who is gearing up for the release of “Article 15” that tackles the issues of caste-based discrimination, says people of the country are sensitive towards each other.

“Our country is a unique one because we have all kinds of people and we are very sensitive towards ourselves. We are proud of ourselves, of our communities,” Ayushmann said. “We are so depressed in our real lives that we need something to feel proud about.”

“The appeal of this film is we should be proud of our country, but we can’t be blindly proud of it. We need to better our nation,” he told reporters. Asked about the criticism the trailer of “Article 15” received from some quarters, Ayushmann said he was aware that a section of society had got offended. “But after they watch the film, (they’ll realise) there’s nothing offensive or maybe we have offended everyone because we haven’t targeted any community,” he said.

At a special event of the film on Saturday night, director Anubhav Sinha was asked about his views regarding the caste-based reservation. The “Mulk” director said reservation was not an easy subject that one could answer in two minutes, adding that it was a “complex matter which has a lot of plus and many minus”.

What compelled Ayushmann Khurrana to take up Article 15?

“The “Badhaai Ho” star wishes “Article 15” moves people to think hard. Directed by Anubhav Sinha, the film will release on Friday

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana says the intent to bring about “social change by starting a conversation” is what compelled him to back a movie like “Article 15”, which is centred around caste discrimination in the society. He says it was important for him to show India a very significant social film.

“As an artiste, you sometimes get a film that demands you to back it wholeheartedly because it is trying to make a strong statement, because it is trying to affect social change by starting a conversation.

“A film like ‘Article 15’ compelled me to put my voice behind it because it is cinema that needs to be made and seen. It is cinema for the entire country, for the youth to notice,” Ayushmann said in a statement. This is also why he is not bothered about the box office prospect of the film.

“When you get material this strong and important, you don’t think of how big the opening will be, how much the film will eventually make. You do it because it is your responsibility. I did this film because it was important for me to show India a very significant social film and that’s all that mattered,” he said.

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