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Aligarh

2016 1h 54m Biography Drama List
100% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 85% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras is suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. Read More Read Less

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Namrata Joshi The Hindu You have Manoj Bajpayee, with method acting at its peak, interpreting Siras in his own way: working at that fidgety gait, the halting voice and his love for Lata Mangeshkar... Jan 2, 2019 Full Review Anupama Chopra Hindustan Times Aligarh isn't just a fine film. It's also important, necessary and timely. It will shift something inside you. Rated: 4/5 Jan 9, 2017 Full Review Stutee Ghosh The Quint Prof Siras's story isn't just a fight for gay rights, but a triumph of conviction and spirit. For that, it is a must watch. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 12, 2020 Full Review Rahul Desai CatchNews Aligarh is a dignified account of two men who became necessary to each other - before the world (and the jowls of politics and Bollywood) consumed both, the movie, and its inhabitants. Rated: 3.5/5 Feb 6, 2019 Full Review Pooja Pande BookMyShow The movie rises above just another social cause, and has layers of humanity to it. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one. Nov 7, 2018 Full Review Renuka Vyavahare The Times of India While Bajpayee drives the film, Rao delivers an equally compelling performance. You look at Siras through his eyes as he shapes your perception of the man. Rated: 4/5 Nov 3, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member It was a great movie and a great social message expressed Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a powerful movie! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/12/19 Full Review Audience Member The best of films are always those that inspire discourse on multiple levels. To borrow an analogy from farmyard parlance, it is how one ideally separates cinematic wheat from chaff. The story of Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a Marathi professor at Aligarh Muslim University who was largely ostracized by society on account of his sexual inclinations is heart-rending and one that has largely tragic undertones. Few laws have provoked as fervent and passionate a debate as that on Section 377 of the IPC and its relevance in contemporary Indian society. Director Hansal Mehta, the brain behind 2013's smashing Shahid, outdoes himself this time. He tackles this controversial subject with great grace and subtlety, making for a wholesome cinematic experience that ever so inconspicuously tugs at your heartstrings. The acting is uniformly excellent across the board - Manoj Bajpai's riveting performance as Siras lends a hauntingly human dimension to a character who remains tragically misunderstood even to this day. As a young, enthusiastic reporter eager to cast the spotlight on what he describes as an eminently "human story", Rajkumar Yadav is yet again first rate, making you root for him to do anything - just anything - to improve our doomed protagonist's state of affairs. The film could have done with a crisper screenplay -there are portions that would have benefited from a greater sense of urgency in narrative terms. Yet Mehta's storytelling is so compassionate, so innately empathetic that I couldn't help but be charmed. Aligarh is a film with a big, beating heart. I strongly recommend you see it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Manoj Versatile Bajpayee. Top Notch performance. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member 'Aligarh' is probably the best film to come out of Bollywood in recent times. Manoj Bajpayee's restrained performance is laudable. Rajkummar Rao shone in the role of a journalist. The screenplay by Apurva Asrani keeps the viewer engaged although the movie is touted as a slow-drama. Hansal Mehta deserves a special applause for churning out one good film after another. It is high time Bollywood realizes that they are better off making brilliant biopics rather than awfully rehashing South Indian masala flicks. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Very well made movie. The shorty itself is very good and powerful. The direction and editing is very good. Fabulous performances by Manoj Bajpai and the rest of the cast. A must watch. Was good to see a Hindi movie made so well especially on a controversial topic in India . Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras is suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation.
Director
Hansal Mehta
Producer
Sunil Lulla, Shailesh R. Singh
Screenwriter
Apurva Asrani, Apurva Asrani
Production Co
Eros International, Karma Pictures
Genre
Biography, Drama
Original Language
Hindi
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 17, 2017
Runtime
1h 54m
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