A Hansal Mehta movie is always hard to ignore and his latest offering Aligarh has much the same impact as his hard hitting Shahid did. Here’s what the film is all about.
Aligarh is based on the true story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras of the Aligarh Muslim University. He was suspended for having consensual sex with a man in his room. Siras then took the case to the Allahabad high court and won. However, the whole thing still resulted in a tragedy. Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of the professor in Aligarh with Rajkummar Rao playing the role of a journalist who documents the entire incident.
As usual, Hansal Mehta manages to cut right to the heart of the matter and once again delivers a film that focuses on hard facts. The film delivers the message of freedom and equality without getting over-dramatic or resorting to Bollywood cliches in any way. This means that Aligarh is by no means an easy watch since it does not pull any punches.
Manoj Bajpayee brilliantly portrays the role of a 64 year old man and manages to get into the skin of the character with remarkable ease. He is strong yet sensitive and almost meek at times. Rajkummar Rao is at his usual best in the film ensuring we have fantastic performances across the board.
Overall, Hansal Mehta brings us yet another brilliant feature that needs to be watched by everyone. We shall go with three and a half stars for Aligarh.