Movie Review – Aligarh
It’s been a great start for the films this year. With the depiction of three real-life incidents on screen, content based biopics are on a high demand. Airlift, Neerja and now Aligarh are three sought after films depicting compelling genuine substance. Aligarh directed by a National Award Winning Director, Hansal Mehta portrays a real-life incident about a professor, Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. Finally, he was found dead under mysterious circumstances. It’s his journey to his death and his association with the journalist, Deepu Sebastian who brings his reality to the society’s veil.
Aligarh is a hard-hitting film that clearly advocates gay rights amidst a subtle cinematic melodrama of innocence, melancholy and love dealing with subtle issues. The film’s central idea is to fight for one’s right no matter what. Everyone has a right to live his/her own choice of life the way they want. That implies to his/her Sexual Orientation also. Be it gay, lesbian or bisexual, you have that right to stand up for your right and be opinionated and firm.
Aligarh is Manoj Bajpai’s one of his career best performance. Undoubtedly, the film’s sole performance. He with very ease got into’s character with poised honesty, vulnerability, and fear. His elements of characterization can be well understood by his performance. Another stand out performance is the actor who played Deepu Sebastian’s role, Rajkumar Rao. He manages to make a convincing impression as an idealistic journalist. The rest of the actors proved to be a good supporting cast.
Apurva Asrani’s screenplay and writing deserve a special mention. It is engaging keeping the audience ensnared in its true emotions and be of the view for a choice of living of sexual preferences. While the film’s cinematography by Satya Rai Nagpaul is superlative, the film’s editing by Apurva Asrani is good though a bit slow at parts. The musical score is very much apt with the progress of cinematic narration.
Hansal Mehta always craftily ushers true life incidents into celluloid which is bold, captivating and impactful but remain true to its originality. Hats off to the director for churning out a theme on Homosexuality which has an exert influence. In a society, where sex itself is considered as a taboo, consideration on homosexuality is too far to appreciate. Yet, Aligarh’s tells the untold beauty of realism and emotions shared between its lead characters. Watch it for sure.