Home » anupama chopra » Shahid Movie Review

Shahid Movie Review

Shahid Rating: 3.83/5

From All the reviews on the web

Showing 10 Reviews

Shahid Movie Review

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s Verdict (CNN IBN)

Easily one of the strongest films you’ll see this year, it’s based on the true story of controversial human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was gunned down in cold blood in 2010, presumably for defending a 26/11 accused, who, as it turns out, was acquitted last year. The film itself is brave and unflinching, and oozes the kind of sincerity that you long for in most Hindi films. I’m going with four out of five for Hansal Mehta’s ‘Shahid’. Well made, and gripping till the very end.

Visit Site for more
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

While the story of Shahid Azmi makes for an interesting read/conversation, Hansal Mehta makes sure he packages the film with abundant drama [the courtroom sequences are spellbinding] in this less-than-2-hour film. But, at heart, SHAHID remains a disturbing film, with Hansal preparing the viewer at the very outset as Shahid witnesses a gruesome act. The events thereafter — Shahid’s training in a terrorist camp and on return, getting picked up by cops and imprisoned amidst hardened criminals — are chapters that are enlightening. On the whole, SHAHID is a brave film. Its gripping story, exceptional execution and bravura performances continue to reverberate much after the screening is over. Strongly recommended!

Visit Site for more
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:The Front Row ( Star World)

Mehta’s telling, especially in the first half, is laborious and I found myself getting restless. You might too. But thankfully Shahid gains momentum and urgency in the second half. Ultimately however, Shahid is Raj Kumar’s triumph. His Shahid has strength, anguish and a controlled anger but also real charm. His smile lights up the frame. See Shahid for him. I’m going with three and a half stars.

Visit Site for more
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror

Shahid is an important story to tell. DirectorHansal Mehta has done a remarkable job chronicling the true tale of slain advocate Shahid Azmi and bringing it to the mainstream. It goes well beyond being a fierce biopic, a purposeful indie, or just a riveting drama that’s impossible to dislike. Reflecting the intention of its protagonist, Shahid, sharing a hallmark with all significant films, ultimately makes a statement.

Visit Site for more
Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Shahid is a well-made and well-enacted film but it has very limited appeal. It is basically for the high-gentry audience who frequent high-end multiplexes in the big cities only. It will have to depend almost totally on mouth publicity to make a mark. Its low budget is a big point in its favour.

Visit Site for more
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Even if you’re acquitted, the right to live a life in fairness and dignity is permanently adjourned. Case closed! The story of ‘Shahid’ (fact remixed with fiction) confronts us with hard-hitting questions on religious fundamentalism, flawed legal investigations, and injustices suffered by the underdogs. It warrants applause. And an unadulterated encore. Catch it if real cinema is what you crave.Note: You might not like this film if gritty, real-life dramas are not your idea of entertaining cinema.

Visit Site for more
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Prasanna D Zore Site:Rediff

Mehta’s Shahid is not an in your face film. It is a subtle, thought-provoking and gutsy story of a person who believed in the power of truth and justice yet knew that the path he had taken was strewn with risks, indifference and ignominy. Shahid, after all, is the story of every Indian citizen who gets overwhelmed by their own circumstances, go astray and yet come back to do what their conscience asks them to do.Don’t miss the film.

Visit Site for more
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

It is a plucky film. Angry but remarkably even-handed, it articulates uncomfortable truths about contemporary India, its media, its judiciary and, of course, its people. Shahid deserves more than just a standing ovation. It deserves accolades for standing up to be counted and narrating the kind of story that is usually buried under mainstream media cacophony. The fact that Shahid has got to a multiplex near you should also be applauded and made the most of. Go and watch the film – it is one of the most important films to come out of Mumbai in a long, long time

Visit Site for more
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today

The movies is a story of lawyer Shahid Azmi who was shot at his office in Mumbai in 2010. He was a criminal lawyer who was murdered for defending a 26/11 accused.Clearly Hansal Mehta has put in his best and has managed to touch the right chord with the viewer. This is his best work so far!Shahid will take you by surprise. Book your tickets now because a film like this is rare! It’s a must watch!

Visit Site for more
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

I would strongly recommend you to watch Hansal Mehta’s Shahid. Based on the controversial life of human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi, Mehta’s tale is taut and convincingly told. Showcasing the grim side of police machinery, the film shows how the police doesn’t shirk before victimizing the minority on the basis of mere suspicion. Raising potent questions about the prevalent attitudes, mores and laws in our country, especially TADA, Shahid is a quintessential humane story sketched with utter simplicity. It gently draws your attention beyond the media reported truths about the terrorist attacks which brand the rumored accomplices as terrorists. They are often just as victimized as the rest out the crowd, perhaps a little more bruised, a little more stigmatized!

Visit Site for more
Also Try:
Ranbir Kapoor Upcoming Hindi Movies 
Bollywood Box Office India 
Upcoming Movies 
Aamir Khan Latest Hindi Movies  
Top 10 Bollywood Movies  
 Latest New Bollywood Hindi Movies 
Bollywood 2014 Movies  List

Have your say!

0 0


  1. I was waiting for this one to release ….
    Raj kumar yadav is an actor par excellence….way to go jaani

  2. Gaurav rai where r u

  3. SHAHID:
    A strong evidential piece of cinema that enlightens…in many ways! Strongly Recommended! [4.5/5]

    I feel ashamed of myself for not knowing Shahid Azmi- a slain lawyer and an altruistic humane activist before Hansal Mehta came up with a strong evidential piece of cinema that does not merely solve the purpose to entertain but also dares to enlighten our unresponsive- unsympathetic minds confined into its own safe but scared place to stay put. We probably have become either numb to whatever happens in our neighborhoods or blatantly reactive about just anything that comes in way without assessing what is right and what is not.

    ‘SHAHID’ is the need of the hour. It demands and shows the guts to start a never-ending movement [if not on the roads, definitely in our heads] to bring change in the system by joining it and not wiping it out or denying its very existence.

    Shahid [played by ‘Kai Po Che!’ fame Raj Kumar] could be anyone of thousands who gets trapped into the torturous custody of Indian Police known for its tactical power-driven machinery and is thrown into Jail for beholding a name that comes from a certain section of people in minority…but where the most would disappear in the galore to turn radical against country & its governing bodies, Shahid decides to stand out. While his tenure in longing to get set free, Shahid keeps his conscience alive and opts to be a helping hand for those who have nothing but an assurance of not being guilty.

    SHAHID is an extraordinary effort in terms of writing and direction. Based on the real-life criminal lawyer-cum-human rights activist Shahid Azmi, film amalgamates facts and fiction beautifully. It is a biopic that is handled with sheer honesty, clarity in thoughts, rightly positioned screenplay, brilliance in execution and a very very significant memorandum to all human beings. Hansal Mehta never and never loses his grip on the subject. He keeps it as real as it is happening in a gully adjacent to my living place. Special mention to the replication of Indian courts’ undramatic-untheatrical-dreary modus operandi where there is no usual Bollywood ‘order-order’ but an actual exchange of verbal spats. Camera work by Anuj Dhawan captures the environs and the emotions equally good. Dialogues are crisp, colloquial and taut.

    But what make it an exceptional biopic are the performances. Shahid’s fearless-in your face-uncomplicated character could never come so strong if Raj Kumar has not given it his flesh & blood. This man can make you laugh with his charmingly simplistic behavior [watch it when he is trying to be comfortable with his lady-love still unaware of his feelings] and also can make your heart bleed with his heartrending silence when attacked for his forgettable past. Extended applause for his bravura performance! Prabhleen Sandhu as his wife too is a gifted actor. She brings with herself an unpolished charm that hits every chord she aims to. Md. Zeeshan Ayyub here has not much like in RAANJHANAA to overwhelm you but still he keeps your expectations fulfilled. Kay Kay Menon and Tigmanshu Dhulia play their parts efficiently with a sparkling presence on screen.

    After PAAN SINGH TOMAR, here comes an earnest biographical drama that I hope could change the way Indian Cinema thinks about our real life heroes. This is also a film that raises many a questions about humanity and its survival in today’s times. It also shows our judiciary system in true lights. As said in the film by the character Kay Kay Menon plays, “waqt lagta hai par ho jaata hai. It works.” Painfully correct!

    On the whole, very few people dare to rise and take a stand to tell a story that might have been vanished from lives & in files if not attempted. Hansal Mehta joins the same league. Respect for giving us SHAHID- a film that will find a place close to your heart very easily but not without stirring-shaking & moving your soul. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! [4.5/5]

    • These kind of movies neither have marketing budgets nor have good audience. Also the distributors in India are very reluctant to buy this kind of movies as they don't gain much profit for them. These are mostly screened only in the foreign film festivals. People in India will take time to see these kind of movies

  4. Thanks gaurav ur review r always honest surely going to watch it

  5. i know u r gaurav,dont fool us….u r the worst reviewer here…request u to dont fool ppl

  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

  7. Movie is awesome..bt im unable to understand y these kind of masterpiece didn't get more shows in compare to stupid commercial movies..

  8. The average rating for this movie is 4 out of 5 but its earned only 2.87 Crore… on other side Grand Masti had 2.5 rating and earned more than 100 carore… what a shame…

Comments are now closed for this post.

Lost Password

Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.