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Aligarh review: A traumatic story of a homosexual man that needs to be told
Rarely, we come across something that is impactful, raw, and strives to prove a point. But, Hansal Mehta's 'Aligarh' fill this gap and presents the emotional story of a man defamed and suppressed by the society. The film that hits the theatres today, is all about equality, human rights, right to privacy and the idea of democracy for everyone, including 'homosexuals'.

Homosexuality is still a taboo in India and even today we hardly find anyone who would like to talk about it. But, all thanks to director Hansal Mehta who not just realized it's need, but came up with a story that needs to be told. 

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi 

Direction: Hansal Mehta 

Genre: Biography, Drama

Duration: 2 Hour 00 Minute

IMDb Rating: 9.7/10

The film is based on the real life story of Ramchandra Siras (Manoj Bajpayee), a gay professor of Marathi at the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University. Siras is a shy and lonely 64-year-old man who loves his job, spends his free time listening to old melodies of Lata Mangeshkar and sipping whiskey. But, an unfortunate event turns his life into a nightmare. 

Actually, the professor loses everything after two people armed with a camera suddenly enter into his home and film him having sex with a rickshaw-puller. The incident follows a nasty cooperative campaign by the university authorities to harass him.

The professor then moves to court and now all that he is left with is a traumatic court battle. The film highlights how Siras fights a long battle against his university to retain his job, home and dignity. On his journey, Siras finds an unlikely sympathizer in a journalist (Rao) who decides to get into the bottom of the his story.

Based on homophobia and how it is widely spread in modern India, the film is about how people who don't fit into the Indian society's traditional life become an easy prey. It is probably Bajpayee's best performance of his entire career. He flawlessly expresses the character's vulnerability at every point. Amazingly, much of the film is shown through Siras's eyes as he tries to grasp his own situation.

Although, the film is all about Siras and his traumatic journey, Rao shines as the young journalist Deepu. As he is the lone sympathetic voice to Siras's pain, the duo share an absorbing chemistry onscreen. In short, Aligarh is a brave attempt. Importantly, Mehta did not shy away in showcasing an intimate encounter in the film, which the script demanded. 

Aligarh ensures a great script, spot-on cinematography and stellar performances from all actors. If these reasons are not enough for you to watch the film, then watch it for its cause. 

Seeing the film that presents the scenario and the state from which a man from this particular community goes through, it would not be wrong to say that the subject needs an immediate attention!

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