Ayushmann Khurrana steps into leech-filled swamp for Article 15 shoot, says team willing to bleed for Anubhav Sinha
Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the most talented young actors in Bollywood. Having worked in a number of light-hearted social comedies, he is now doing a gripping cop drama with a serious social message.
He is currently shooting for Anubhav Sinha’s next called Article 15 in Uttar Pradesh. For the uninitiated, Article 15 of the Indian Constitution prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex and place of birth.
One of the shoot schedules took the team into a swamp, filled with leeches! Sharing the experience, Ayushmann wrote on social media: “Today was a true test of my love for my craft. We are in the middle of shooting Article 15, being directed by the super talented Anubhav Sinha. Yesterday, we had a challenging day - a shot required us to enter into a swamp and do a gripping scene. We realised that the swamp was filled with leeches only when we were in the middle of the shot! I would like to salute my brave team of investigating officers (it’s an honour to act with these talented actors) for finishing the scene despite a vicious leech attack! Anubhav Sinha hum aapke liye khoon bahane ko tayaar hain.” He also shared a picture from the shoot.
Early in March, the first look of the film was shared online which showed a moustachioed Ayushmann standing by the side of a police jeep and has some papers in his hand.
The film also shares Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub in prominent roles. Anubhav called Article 15 an “investigative drama where the audience too is an accused party”.
It may be recalled that last year Anubhav delivered a hard-hitting Mulk, which dealt with the ‘othering’ of an entire community.
Meanwhile, Ayushmann also has two others films in his kitty; Dreamgirl, a romantic comedy directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa while another is called Bala.