Manoj Bajpayee starrer film Aligarh releases today. Rather than the love story or drama the director Hansal Mehta comes with the new concept which is accepted by the viewers and the movie get green signal on the ticket window first day.
Aligarh is the real life story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who was persecuted and ostracized for being gay. ‘Aligarh’ is the movie which makes us question our own ‘morals’ and our reaction to someone’s sexual orientation, which doesn’t match our own or which we are conditioned to think is ‘not right’.
So, Any film that makes us think and re-think our own responses for days after having watched it is obviously a good film to watch.
Aligarh review: Manoj Bajpayee’s fantastic performance wins the heart!
We think just a few of us remembered the story which is just about six years behind us since the suspension, court battle, victory and the death of the Aligarh Muslim Univeristy linguistics professor Dr Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, but today release Aligarh will ensure that none of us can forget it any time soon.
Professor Srinivas Siras (Manoj Bajpayee) is the head of the modern Indian language institute at the famed Aligarh University. He is the only Marathi teaching professor in the entire university and claims that with immense pride. One night, two reporters and four professors barge into the Siras’ first floor apartment and record his intimate moments with a Muslim autowala. It is a shocking and embarrassing moment for professor Siras whose privacy is invaded shamelessly.
The professor is suspended next day. It’s the 8th February 2010, when Dr Siras was taped and persecuted for having consensual sex with another man, and 7th April, 2010, when he was found dead in his home.
Deepu (Rajkummar Rao) is the Delhi-based reporter of a national daily who stumbles upon the Siras ‘story’ in a local Aligarh paper, and pursues it with his photographer colleague Tashi (Gulati).
Aligarh isn’t just about one man’s struggle against a system that wouldn’t accept his homosexuality on moral grounds. In fact, The film touches on the more important values of privacy and dignity.