It looks like 2016 is a year of movies which are made on real life events. After Airlift and Neerja, this week Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh is all set to hit the screens. The movie starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao will be releasing on 26th Feb. Well, Airlift and Neerja impressed us a lot, so now let’s find out if Aligarh is equally impressive or not.
Professor Siras (Manoj Bajpayee) is a Marathi teacher in Aligarh University. One day, a TV journalist conducts a sting operation by entering his house in which Siras is caught getting intimate with a rickshawala. Aligarh University suspends him after this incident. A journalist, Deepu Sebastian (Rajkummar Rao), decides to cover the story and help Siras get justice. The whole incident takes place in 2010 when homosexuality was decriminalized. A foundation that supports homosexuality urges Siras to come out of the closet and file a case against Aligarh University. The case goes on and how a pure friendship builds up between Siras and Deepu follows the rest of the story.
The story idea and the research for the movie is done by Ishani Banerjee. The story is quite good and the research too is remarkable and the movie showcases everything to the point. The screenplay of the movie is written by Apurva Asrani. The pace of the film is very slow, but what impresses is that, apart from a few scenes which are a bit stretched, the movie doesn’t bore us. It keeps us hooked to the screen for those 2 hours. There are many points in the movie that will leave a mark. For example, if a man is supporting LGBT community, it doesn’t mean that he is gay.
Hansal Mehta has always given some really good films to Bollywood, viz. Shahid and Citylights. And this time too he has come up with a very good movie. He has wonderfully narrated the story without going sexually overboard or hurting anyone’s sentiments. However, with the help of the editor he could have cut short the few scenes which, like I earlier stated, are a bit stretched. Cinematography done by Satya Rai Nagpaul is good. Editing done by Apurva Asrani is a bit uneven and sometimes we need to focus hard to understand the continuity of the film.
Manoj Bajpayee is very good as Professor Siras. He has portrayed the role to the T. However, the show stealer is Rajkummar Rao. The actor is simply excellent in the movie. He has portrayed the role of a journalist wonderfully; his South Indian accent in the film is simply impressive. Ashish Vidyarthi leaves a mark in his role as a lawyer.
Music of the film is composed by Karan Kulkarni, but music doesn’t have any scope in the movie.
Aligarh Movie Review – Final Verdict:
Aligarh is a brave film made by Hansal Mehta coupled with fantastic performances by Rajkummar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee.
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