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Aligarh (2015)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 February 2016 (India)
A gay, linguistic professor living in a small orthodox city must deal with the aftermath of a sting operation that puts his sexual orientation in front of the entire nation.


Hansal Mehta


Apurva Asrani (story), Apurva Asrani (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Sukhesh Arora Sukhesh Arora ... Tahir Islam
Manoj Bajpayee ... Professor Siras
Balaji Gauri Balaji Gauri ... Nita Grewal
Sumit Gulati Sumit Gulati ... Tashi
Dilnaz Irani ... Namita
Sachin Parikh Sachin Parikh ... Anuj
K.R. Parmeshwar K.R. Parmeshwar ... Prof. Sridharan
Rajkummar Rao ... Deepu Sebastian
Naval Shukla Naval Shukla ... Prathmesh Sharma
Ishwak Singh Ishwak Singh ... Arvind Narayan
Nutan Surya Nutan Surya ... Anjali Gopalan
Divya Unny Divya Unny ... Reporter
Suman Vaidya Suman Vaidya ... Shadab Qureshi
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Anand Grover


Set in the state of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at 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 conducted by a TV channel which showed him in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus. Written by mishravikky68

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Release Date:

26 February 2016 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Алигарх See more »

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Bareilly, India See more »

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Nawazuddin Siddique was first approached to play the lead role but declined. This was due to a problem he had with Hansal Mehta during the shooting of Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar in 2000. See more »

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Challenging & Affecting!
26 April 2016 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Hansal Mehta's 'Aligarh' is a lot of things, but firstly, its a Near-Masterpiece. Mehta's Direction captures a true-story, that causes repulsion, anger & sympathy while the narrative flows. This is indeed Powerful Storytelling.

'Aligarh' is The true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation.

'Aligarh' is challenging as well as affecting. You watch the protagonist struggle for being who he is. His journey, with great support from a reporter, who befriends him, is quietly devastating. 'Aligarh' is about the devils in our society, about the bigots, the merciless that exist among us. This is an important story, that's been told sensitively.

Apurva Asrani's Screenplay is excellent. Sure, its slow-moving, but the affect it leaves, is brilliant. Mehta's Direction is fabulous. 'Shahid' & now 'Aligarh', Mehta has found his voice in these true-stories & has depicted them with masterful treatment.

'Aligarh' is rested on the shoulders of Manoj Bajpai and Rajkummar Rao. And the SUPREMELY Talented Actors are dueling Brando's here. No Kidding, this is Acting in its purest form. Bajpai's portrayal of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, is graceful, devastating & a definition in subtlety. You watch a man broken, & his body-language, as well as his soft dialogue-delivery, left me awe-struck. Rao isn't far behind. As Journalist Deepu Sebastian, Rao gets a lesser showy role, but he delivers an effortlessly natural performance, that packs a solid punch. Bajpai & Rao are so committed in their parts, I forgot I was actually watching two actors performing parts. National-Awards, are you hearing? A Special Mention for Ashish Vidyarthi, who enacts the righteous lawyer, extraordinarily.

Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras was questioned for being who is was. The late teacher was found dead in 2010. But, didn't the people around him kill him way before that? Of course, he found friend in a reporter & got further support from a lawyer who screamed for justice, but did the people who respected him for years, eventually respect him? Being Gay isn't Criminal, Being Homophobic is. 'Aligarh' painfully captures a man's secrecy being questioned, ridiculed. Are we really gonna judge people even now for their sexuality? Are we again going to stay silent when our hogwash law criminalises Homosexuality? Are we going to tolerate bigots? My Answer Is NO. What's yours?

Until then, Watch 'Aligarh'.

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