Homosexuality is one of the topics not much talked in Hindi Movies. ButHansal Mehta, the director has shown a full courage to portray suchsubject. Apart from the regular Bollywood Movies, this appears to beextremely different, well directed, and performed. The film claims tobe based on the real story of a professor who is a gay and for hissexuality, is suspended from the university. The film deals with hisbattle to stand against his sexual orientation. The film makes a sharpstatement on the issue and gives a brief on the legislation onhomosexuality. The dialogues and direction have been very well done.But it's Manoj Bajpayee's performance for which the film is worth awatch. Away from the commercial angle, he puts a life to his character,as a silent professor who's uninterested in what happens around him.Few of his dialogues just put the homosexuals as a class who also wantto live their lives as they want and fend for their privacy.<br><br>Despite a good performance and good dialogues, the film is not an easywatch. The main reason is its extremely slow pace. The film is not morethan a plain narration or a biopic and fails to present an in-depthcharacter study. On the aspect, Oscar nominated "Milk" on a gay rightactivist was much more memorable as it has a better elaboration andconviction which extremely lacks in "Aligarh." Overall, thespecialities of "Aligarh" are its setting and Bajpayi's acting. But thespecialities don't outweigh its mediocrity in terms of its slow paceand lack of narrative freshness.<br><br>Rating: 2 stars out of 4
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
Set in the state of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of homosexuality. A sting operation was conducted by a TV channel which showed him in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus.
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