While many stars have spoken about discrimination on the grounds of family background, gender and colour in Bollywood, Ayushmann Khurrana begs to differ. According to him, Indian cinema is devoid of any sort of prejudice and success in Bollywood is only dependent on merit. "There is no discrimination in the industry at all. It is purely on the basis of merit. Nobody discusses caste and religion in the industry. If you are good, you are applauded and rewarded. The industry is very secular and democratic,” revealed Khurrana, whose upcoming film Article 15 centres on the subject of discrimination in today’s society.
Khurrana revealed Bollywood is a secular world where no artist discriminates on the basis of caste or religion. The star features as a police officer in Anubhav Sinha's Article 15, a film which emphasises on prohibition of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. Speaking about what attracted him to the venture, he said, “I have always aspired to do something different and Article 15 is a film which has never been tried by filmmakers in the mainstream space. I am glad this is happening right now as this is the time where we can be courageous with the subjects of our films.”
He continued, "This is the era where we can do different stuff and still command credibility at the box office at the same time. This is something very close to my heart and I completely believe in it.”
Khurrana also has Bala, Dream Girl and Gulabo Sitabo in the pipeline. Slated to release on June 28, Article 15 has also been embroiled in controversy. Earlier, the film received flak from the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh, who claimed the story has been tweaked. However, Khurram remains confident that the film does not take any sides and has no intention to show any community in a negative light.