CAST & CREW
Inspirations galore! That’s what we are being offered with by Bollywood nowadays. And the latest film to join the bandwagon of “films inspired by true happenings” is Aligarh, which has drawn inspiration from the life of Indian polyglot Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. Let’s see what the film has in store for us.
Manoj Bajpayee, a 60+ timid man, is the chief of the Indian linguistics institute at the renowned Aligarh University. Being the sole person to teach Marathi, Bajpayee is very much in comfort with his profession. But talent sometimes has its share of ill luck too. A couple of reporters and four professors enter into Bajpayee’s house without notice and unabashedly capture the intimate moments of the talented Bajpayee along with rickshawwala. And Bajpayee is visibly upset with this indecent act that was sparked by jealousy since Bajpayee was given promotion.
So our professor is being terminated from his services. The institution even goes to the extent of shamelessly showing the tape to the media.
Bajpayee becomes a sensation overnight and Rajkummar Rao, who is a growing journalist, is the only person who sees the former in a different light. And he makes it sure that he makes even the others to perceive Bajpayee from his perception. Does he emerge a winner in doing so? Will Bajpayee create an impact with his version in the court? Watch the movie to get these answers.
Manoj Bajpayee does intense characters with great ease and in Aligarh too he excels. Director Hansal Mehta should be applauded for giving such a tailor-made role for Bajpayee. Bajpayee has once again proved that he is an actor of substance, and the way he delivers in Marathi is commendable. Rajkummar Rao supports Bajpayee ably and shows that his winning of awards for the critically acclaimed Shahid is not a mere fluke. Ashish Vidyarthi does his role with conviction.
Hansal Mehta, the director of the movie, who had directed the 2013 venture Shahid (which also was a biopic), has come out with a moving piece with Aligarh. He hits the bull’s eyes by exposing those people who are not bothered to view the plight of homosexuals in an equanimous manner.
The writing of
Apurva Asrani evokes so much sadness that the audience tends to empathize with the protagonist.
Mandar Kulkarni’s sound design gives importance even to silence.
Satya Rai Nagpaul’s cinematography complements with the mood of the film.
BGM of Karan Kulkarni makes one feel the isolation of Bajpayee.
The chemistry between the lead characters strikes the right chord with the audience.
The importance of companionship is dealt with in a proficient manner.
One may think that the film promotes homosexuality but after watching the film his/her perception may change.
What’s not there?
If at all there is some negative in this film it should be the inability that will haunt the audiences that they could not do anything to do for people like the protagonist.
When one sees you for what you are it is really heartening. Watch Aligarh to understand the depth of this statement.
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