Rating: 4/5 | A must watch.
Aligarh is the story of Prof. Sirus who gets suspended from his University solely based on his sexual orientation. It is a great example of a sensitive story portrayed beautifully.
Initially, the film’s pace is very slow. You wait for the story to move forward but dont not even realize when Apurva Asrani’s writing and Hansal Mehta’s direction picks up. Hansal Mehta has successfully made his point of respecting a charcter, irrespective of who or what he is. Other technical aspects like editing, background score, production design, dialogues, music works perfectly in sync with the film.
Manoj Bajpayee as Prof. Sirus steals the show with his splendid performance. No doubt he is a great actor but in Aligarh, he has raised the bar for himself. His style of speaking in Marathi, abusing, reciting poems and portrayal of loneliness; every emotion is flawlessly performed.
Like Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao never fails to surprise you either. His performance in Aligarh is so splendid that anyone would wonder how he manages to tick-off every single role so uniquely.
Remaining cast supports well, but Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao are just fantastic to watch in the film.
An unexpected & shocking climax is sure to leave you stunned. It’s sad how it ends for Prof. Sirus, but the upside is that – Aligarh is sure to change a lot of perceptions & opinions.