06 December, 2020

Shahid

Portrays the psyche of the Indian Muslim in the changing, increasingly polarised India with war­mth and simplicity

Shahid
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Starring: Raj Kumar Yadav, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Baljinder Kaur, Prabhleen Sandhu, Tigmanshu Dhulia
Directed by Hansal Mehta
Rating: ***

Shahid is a biographical film on a modern-day hero, the activist-lawyer of Mumbai, Shahid Azmi, who was killed while defending Mumbai bombing accused Fahim Ansari. The strength of Shahid is not just in brin­ging us face to face with heroism. It’s in how Mehta captures the psyche of the Indian Muslim in the changing, increasingly polarised India. Shahid’s lower-middle-class Muslim family, its highs and lows, toget­herness and differences, are portrayed with war­mth and simplicity. The film takes us through Sha­hid’s life-altering enc­o­unters with riots, jehadist camps and jail. He reali­ses that only by facing these injustices can he learn to fight for justice, that he can change the...

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