Aligarh (2016)

Hindi 2 hrs 30 mins Drama
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Total Reviews: 66
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Review Summary: Aligarh is a glaring look into humanity, its ugliness and of the human spirit. Manoj Bajpayee turns in a heartbreaking performance as Prof. Siras.

Average Critic Rating: (3.45)
Cast: Rajkummar Rao , Manoj Bajpai
Director: Hansal Mehta
Release Date: 26 Feb 2016
Est. Budget: 18.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 2.5 CR

Plot: Set in the city of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the film revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at the Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of homosexuality. A sting operation was Read more

Aligarh - Top Reviews

So on an overall basis, ‘Aligarh’ is a must watch for all those who love good cinema.
Divya Solgama, Cine Markets
Like its protagonist, Aligarh is reluctant to assume an identity
Suprateek Chatterjee, Huffington Post
An important film powered by sensitive writing and masterful performances
Rajeev Masand, IBN Live
Aligarh, essentially a study of a victim of entrenched prejudices, articulates its poetry of pain with remarkable precision, right down to the subtlest of its nuances.
It will shift something inside you
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times
Aligarh is a powerful human drama that probes the life and death of a victim of institutional whimsicality.
Saibal Chatterjee, The News Minute
Of all communities discriminated against, it’s easy to sense through this film, and otherwise as well, how homosexuals perhaps get it the worst.
I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Aligarh
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
Manoj Bajpayee gives his character a lot of soul and sensitivity in Aligarh
Sukanya Verma, REDIFF
The film is several things at once - a courtroom drama, a human-interest story, a spine-chilling account of homophobia, a comment on workplace politics, and the triumph of a journalist's spirit
Sonia Chopra, Sify
The meandering, slow pace largely works for the film, but sometimes works against it, watch it for sure
'Aligarh', stays with you much after you see it, it's subtlety, redefined
Renuka Vyavahare, The Times of India
Manoj Bajpayee gives a fine performance, quiet and affecting
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express

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Aligarh - All Reviews

ALIGARH is more than only a film about gay rights
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Manoj Bajpayee is love, loneliness, poetry personified in Hansal Mehta’s masterpiece
Sakshita Khosla, India.Com
‘Aligarh’ is a moving portrait of the right to love and live
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
A masterpiece of cinematic skills, 'Aligarh' has a lot to say about the way we perceive homosexuals
Ashok Row Kavi, First Post
This is a serious-minded film, backed by the heft of Eros International
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
शानदार एक्टिंग और अच्छी कहानी के लिए देखिए 'अलीगढ़'
Manoj Bajpayee starrer on homosexuals is more than a movie, it is a heartfelt plea
Financial Express
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Long silences and a lack of background music characterise most of the scenes, and the understated acting only enhances the minimal nature of the film
More than a film, Aligarh is an experience because it makes one ponder over their blessed lives. A brilliant execution of a bold script makes Aligarh, a sure watchable.
Andra Wishesh
कई सवालों का जवाब है 'अलीगढ़'
R J Alok, Aaj Tak
Director Hansal Mehta's "Aligarh" is a human rights story that reveals the plight of homosexuals in conservative Indian society.
The man who gave us stark movies like Citylights and Shahid, brings one more gritty film to theatres this Friday.
The background score is apt, editing has negligible flaws. The production values are decent and the dialogues in the emotional scenes are good. The bold script is narrated in an acceptable way, keeping it away from creating some weird atmosphere in the theatre.
Aravind, Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
Overall, the honesty and the haunting reality of the story are what make Aligarh such a compelling watch. Even in the disheartening end, Aligarh gives you hope that maybe, someday our society will be on the verge of coming out for good.
Aakriti Anand, Film Fare
'Aligarh', is terrifying and high time laws be overturned
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‘Aligarh’, a Fresh Take on Battle Against Homophobia
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
An unmissable experience courtesy Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao’s STELLAR performances!
Tushar P Joshi, BollywoodLife
Aligarh is an experience more than a film
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Manoj Bajpayee is the heartbeat of this poignant film
Suhani Singh, India Today
Thankfully, Mehta, for most part, doesn't get carried away by the emotions attached to such a subject, and presents it as starkly as he can.
Graceful, but not great
Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle
ALIGARH is a sensitive film which will touch your heart. However, due to its slow...
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Hansal Mehta’s film is built around a moving performance by Manoj Bajpayee
Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao's stellar performances make 'Aligarh' a riveting watch!
The film is a unique step forward in reality cinema in that it uses actual names of people and places involved in the real incident
Despite a sterling performance by Manoj Bajpayee and other positives,Aligarh ends up being an inconsistent biopic – on the one hand providing a beautiful portrait of reclusiveness, yet elsewhere doing a disservice to a man to whom this country owes an apology.
Anna M.M. Vetticad, First Post
It is more about presenting the serious discrimination faced by sexual minorities in the country than anything else.The film may not cater to the mass masala lovers, but it's definitely a good watch for the class audience
It is an important film
Aligarh resounds with the power of silence
Shivam Saini, Business Standard
Hauntingly evocative
Zee News
The film is a unique step forward in reality cinema in that it uses actual names of people and places involved in the real incident. But then it still has to put a disclaimer at the start.
If Bajpayee’s Bhiku Matre of Satya still lingers on, his professor Siras will be indelibly etched.
Nonika Singh, Tribune India
To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, "The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly." Aligarh is terrifying and high time laws be overturned.
Pink Villa
Director Hansal Mehta started his career by directing many TV shows in the early 90s era. He ventured into film direction with an off beat film 'Jayate' but got his first recognition in form of 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!' starring Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role. This movie had an unusual theme related to the migrants in Mumbai city. He later made couple of stylish films which were inspired from international films out of which 'Chhal' is known for some mind blowing performances attached to it. He kept struggling with various genres only to find his true side in form of a small but hardhitting film 'Shahid' followed by 'CityLights'. Both these movies which had Rajkummar Rao in lead role, were critically acclaimed and managed to win some prestigious awards also. Thus, the expectations were at its peak as Hansal teamed up with his current actor Rajkummar along with his first hero Manoj Bajpayee to narrate yet another hard-hitting film 'Aligarh', which is based on real life incidents. The movie was screened at various film festival and garnered excellent reviews.
India Glitz
The perfect film on ‘morality vs freedom’ debate
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times
A professor of Marathi in Aligarh University is forced to resign after being humiliated for being gay. This is his story, sensitively told and brilliantly delivered by Manoj Bajpai and supported by Rajkummar Rao.
Manisha Lakhe, Nowrunning
The turmoil of being homosexual and surviving in the Indian society is not something all of us go through
Pooja Pande, BookMyShow
Focused narrative & natural performances
Economic Times
Manoj Bajpayee's sterling performance is marred by inconsistent writing
Anna M.M. Vetticad, First Post
Raw, impactful, and proves a point
Satya Kandala, Economic Times
Superb acting by Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkumar Rao and fine direction are the reasons to watch this one
Sarita A Tanwar, DNA India
Sensitive yes, Manoj Bajpayee is brilliant, but a boring film
Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle
ALIGARH is for a niche audience who love their performances refined
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
Compelling in Spirit, but a Drag in Execution
R.M. Vijayakar, India West
A traumatic story of a homosexual man that needs to be told
Radha Mishra, Meri News
Manoj Bajpayee Is Captivating In Hansal Mehta’s Thought Provoking Film
Richa Bhatnagar, Scoop Whoop
But with Aligarh, particularly with the recreation of the heinous video - Mehta has betrayed the precise dignity that Siras died seeking.
'Aligarh', is for a niche audience who love their performances refined
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
Hansal Mehta's direction touches a raw nerve and makes you embrace the film wholeheartedly
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Aligarh is watchable one, maintain the patience to the end
BLR Eagle
Most of us would have speak about Gender equality, Morality, Freedom in social media and various platforms. But very few follow it in our day to day life. This movie should be applauded for its realistic manner.
AP Herald