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