Aligarh Movie Review
Score :100% Positive
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
Aligarh is an important film, and it’s powered by sensitive writing, nuanced direction, and masterful performances from its central players. The image of Siras, a grown man blushing when he’s described as handsome, or when a gathering of gay men hail his poetry, stays with you long after you’ve watched the film. Its deliberate pace occasionally makes you restless, and you long to know more about Siras than the plot lets you in on. What kind of professor was he? Did he have any friends? How did his ‘shaming’ impact his family in Nagpur?
Ratings:-- Review By:Taran Adarsh Site:Twitter
The Hindi film industry is going through a transition. Several film-makers are attempting films based on real-life episodes... Airlift and #Neerja borrowed from reality. Now #Aligarh narrates a sensitive story about the victimisation of a gay professor... #Aligarh. Skilfully directed by Hansal Mehta, #Aligarh is fearless, captivating, moving and heartbreaking. The film stands for human rights...Manoj Bajpayee conveys the humiliation, loneliness and pain adroitly. Landmark performance from this supremely talented actor. Rajkummar Rao adds tremendous credibility to his character. Kudos to writer Apurva Asrani for an honest and compelling tale
Ratings:4/5 Review By:Anupama Chopra Site:Youtube
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
But the film itself is bigger than these things. Like in his ‘Shahid’, Hansal Mehta and scriptwriter Apurva Asrani have come up with a lead character and a film which shines with authenticity and emotional heft, which leaves you thinking, and which says something we should all listen to, especially in these times when it has become more imperative than ever before: we can be different, but we are us.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
Aligarh, essentially a study of a victim of entrenched prejudices, articulates its poetry of pain with remarkable precision, right down to the subtlest of its nuances. Mehta strips the tragic true story of all vestiges of overt sentimentality. Instead, he fills the depths of the understated but intensely moving drama with genuine, unsettling emotion. So, in addition to being a portrayal of the gay experience in an unjust and insensitive society, Aligarh is a human drama with universal resonance. It encapsulates the plight of all dissenters.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:Sweta Kaushal Site:Hindustan Times
At a time when notions of morality and jingoism are obstructing the ideas of freedom, democracy and individualism, Aligarh is a must-watch. It’s a reminder that freedom of choice can never be less important, and that is what democracy is about.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Shubha Shetty Site:Mid Day
Mehta, who earlier gave us the gritty Shahid (2012), is evidently at his best when he brings true stories to life and, in his own way, fights against the injustice meted out to the protagonists. Thankfully, Mehta, for most part, doesn't get carried away by the emotions attached to such a subject, and presents it as starkly as he can. The meandering, slow pace largely works for the film, but sometimes works against it. Watch it for sure.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Renuka Vyvahare Site:TOI
"The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages", this remarkable quote by Virginia Woolf pretty much sums up the film. Aligarh stays with you much after you see it, especially for Bajpayee and his nuanced portrayal of a man brutally put to shame by an intrusive and insensitive society. It's subtlety, redefined.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Bollywoodhungama Site:Bollywoodhungama
As for Rajkummar Rao, he flawlessly adds tremendous credibility to his character. The rest of the film's cast, Ashish Vidhyarthi and others, bring in their value added performances to make the film reach its goal. While the film does not have any mainstream songs, it's the background music (Karan Kulkarni) acts as an icing on the cake. While the film's cinematography (Satya Rai Nagpaul) is superlative, the film's editing (Apurva Asrani) could have been better as it could have worked miracles to the film's narrative and progress, especially in the second half. On the whole, ALIGARH is a sensitive film which will touch your heart. However, due to its slow pace, it may appeal to a very niche segment of multiplex audiences.
Ratings:4/5 Review By:Surabhi Redkar Site:Koimoi
Manoj Bajpayee’s stellar performance clubbed with an intelligent filmmaking by Hansal Mehta and the heart-wrenching writing of Apurva Asrani. What’s Bad: Only the helplessness one feels post watching this film for the LGBT community.Loo Break: None!Watch or Not?: This is a must-watch! Aligarh is a class apart film that is filled with simplicity. It is emotionally riveting.
Aligarh Story:Set in a city of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of homosexuality. A sting operation was conducted by a TV channel which showed him in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus.
Aligarh Release Date:Feb 26, 2016
Director: Hansal Mehta
Producer: Eros Entertainment, Karma Pictures
Manoj Bajpai as Prof. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras
Rajkummar Rao as Journalist
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