Everyone craves for riches in this life. Is life only for enjoyment? What about living for others if life didn't do anything for his own self? This selflessness shines throughout SHAHID and makes it a refined gem. If you sacrifice (shaheed) yourself for others, you conquer yourown inner demons. Some die for their country, others die for their country men. And make the society a place worth living in.
SHAHID traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi. From attempting to become a terrorist to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law to becoming a criminal lawyer, SHAHID traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights while following the rise of communal violence in India.
This story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms within justice, inequality and rising above his circumstances is an inspiring testament to the human spirit. In a dog eat dog society; there is a ray of hope in the form of a much-abused man, who takes on the system itself. He doesn't know NO. He knows there is light at the end of the tunnel irrespective of the tunnel being dark. He gropes and wins few cases.
But when the evil rules, any ray of light is intolerant. The light must be extinguished and it is. But not before it has been passed in to many others, who face injustice. The fight goes on. The message clearly shows: don't give in, no matter how much time passes or even if lives are lost. It is the second Independence call for Indians.
Earlie rBritish looted India. Now Indians are looting and killing Indians.The system must change if Indians have to live in peace in India. Raj Kumar Yadav brings out this middle-class angst. He is not playing arole, he is living it. He is Shahid. The torture comes alive through him. His life has been wasted. He has been wrongly implicated. Howwill the society accept him?
But he flows against the tide and shows if one is determined, then the world is his oyster. To keep sanity, when everything is going wrong is portrayed so vividly that the viewer feels it is a piece of everyday life. There is no crass glamour. The courtroom drama and false verdicts are portrayed as they are delivered. But the system produces someone to counter it.
Could anyone have played it better than Yadav? The answer lies in will there be another movie of SHAHID's calibre? Credit should also be given to director Hansal Mehta for having the conviction to go ahead with the project and bringing out a gem that will be appreciated forages to come. He makes the viewer live through the movie and come out hopeful.
This year cardboard heroes were rejected. And larger than-life-movies bit the dust. But the middle class hero came alive with KAI PO CHE (Sushant Singh Rajput) and SHAHID continues the trend for Yadav. The Indian hero has arrived. If you want to steel your determination andlive as per your convictions, then go ahead and see how life can turnout for a junooni.
There is nothing right or wrong. There is only a middle-path. And that could be fatal too. Will you take a chance? I did. I watched the movie. I identified with Yadav's portrayal. The movie shines solely due to his presence. Rest everything is inconsequential.
And can only say, "Uchhal kar woh nahin chalte, jo maahir hon kisi fanmein, Chhalak jaate hain paimaane hamesha chhote bartan mein." Small movie. Big impact. The arrival of a middle-class hero, where the spirit of India lies. Get going.