04 March, 2021


Pulls you into its world—slow, sepia and simmering


Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi.

Dir by Hansal Mehta.

Rating: ***

Hansal Mehta had set himself up for a tall order after his last film, Shahid, on the short, important life of lawyer Shahid Azmi. Aligarh is of a similar genre, and it pulls you into its world—slow, sepia and simmering. Professor Srinivas Siras (Manoj Bajpai), a Nagpur-born professor due for retirement, is suspended from Aligarh University after he is captured on camera with a male partner by two mediapersons who break into his house. He fights the case with the help of a lawyer (Ashish Vidyarthi) and wins in the Allahabad High Court, but dies under mysterious circumstances soon after. Deepu Sebastian (Rajkummar Rao), an eager and sincere journalist, is a driven investigator, but sensitive enough to not make a mockery of a troubled life. The scene in which Bajpai (and there are many) giggles rather...

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