Aligarh is a Hindi movie based on the real life incident of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. Siras was the professor of Marathi at the Aligarh Muslim University.
Aligarh is a Hindi movie based on the real life incident of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. Siras was the professor of Marathi at the Aligarh Muslim University. less
“The moving yet honest storytelling of Aligarh will hit you right in the feels.”
This is the type of film which will garner critical acclaim and probably collect a few critic's awards. The subject is serious dealing as it does with the mental agonyand trauma faced by a 64 year Marathi Professor caught indulging in homosexual act in a sting operation. Based on a true story the film uncovers the mental trauma of this senior citizen who feels that his privacy has been violated and that it is a conspiracy hatched by his colleagues to bring him down. Since the subject is a very serious one it was the director's job to make it interesting enough for mainstream audiences.Director Hanslal Mehta fails to do this with the result that the film is dull and boring in many places. Long duration shots of the Professor with static camera with an old song in the background makes the film dull for the average audience. A full song of Lata Mangeshkar of the 60s " Aapki nazaron nay samjha pyar kay kabil mujhe" is used in the background as our Professor sips his alcohol. Fine for the serious film buff but not for the Sunday audience. The arguments in court regarding homosexuality and personal freedom is not only boring for the dozing Professor ( accused) in the court but for the audience as well. Manoj Bajpayee plays the Professor with great sincerity and may walk away with an award or two.He has brought out the poignancy of the character very effectively. Whether he underplays the character is debatable. Rajkummar Rao is impressive as a young journalist who later becomes his friend.