Aligarh (A)
26/Feb/2016 2hrs 10mins


Critics Review


A must watch .

From the pitch perfect performances to the soulful use of Latas songs and background score, moody , blunt and unflinchingly honest, Aligarh is the best watch at the big screens in a long long time. Not to be missed.(more)

Source: Ameet Bhuvan, MovieCrow


Aligarh is a human drama with universal resonance. It encapsulates the plight of all dissenters.

Aligarh, essentially a study of a victim of entrenched prejudices, articulates its poetry of pain with remarkable precision, right down to the subtlest of its nuances. Mehta strips the tragic true story of all vestiges of overt sentimentality. Instead, he fills the depths of the understated but intensely moving drama with genuine, unsettling emotion. So, in addition to being a portrayal of the gay experience in an unjust and insensitive society(more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV Movies


Aligarh is a class apart film that is filled with simplicity. It is emotionally riveting.

Manoj Bajpayee�s stellar performance clubbed with an intelligent filmmaking by Hansal Mehta and the heart-wrenching writing of Apurva Asrani.(more)

Source: Surabhi Redkar, Koimoi


An unmissable experience courtesy Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao�s STELLAR performances!

Aligarh needs to be watched. It is serious cinema and you need to be patient with the pace. But if you give into Mehta�s storytelling and let Siras charm you with his innocence then Aligarh will become an instant favourite. A film about human divinity and rights about anything else, Aligarh is high on my recommendation list.(more)

Source: Tushar P Joshi, Bollywood Life



"The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages", this remarkable quote by Virginia Woolf pretty much sums up the film. Aligarh stays with you much after you see it, especially for Bajpayee and his nuanced portrayal of a man brutally put to shame by an intrusive and insensitive society. It's subtlety, redefined.(more)

Source: Renuka Vyavahare, Times Of India


The perfect film on �morality vs freedom� debate

Rajkummar Rao has a tough act to follow, but slips into his role with ease. Deepu Sebastian�s struggles as a novice in the profession are relatable, and his passion to make a difference, engaging. Ashish Vidyarthi as Siras�s lawyer supports the duo with applaudable realism. At a time when notions of morality and jingoism are obstructing the ideas of freedom, democracy and individualism, Aligarh is a must-watch. It�s a reminder that freedom of choice can never be less important, and that is what democracy is about.(more)

Source: Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times


Manoj Bajpayee gives a fine performance, quiet and affecting

The film itself is bigger than these things. Like in his �Shahid�, Hansal Mehta and scriptwriter Apurva Asrani have come up with a lead character and a film which shines with authenticity and emotional heft, which leaves you thinking, and which says something we should all listen to, especially in these times when it has become more imperative than ever before: we can be different, but we are us. - See more at:

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


ALIGARH is a sensitive film which will touch your heart.

While the film does not have any mainstream songs, it's the background music (Karan Kulkarni) acts as an icing on the cake. While the film's cinematography (Satya Rai Nagpaul) is superlative, the film's editing (Apurva Asrani) could have been better as it could have worked miracles to the film's narrative and progress, especially in the second half. On the whole, ALIGARH is a sensitive film which will touch your heart. However, due to its slow pace, it may appeal to a very niche segment of multiplex audiences.(more)

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Manoj Bajpayee's sterling performance is marred by inconsistent writing

Despite a sterling performance by Manoj Bajpayee and other positives,Aligarh ends up being an inconsistent biopic � on the one hand providing a beautiful portrait of reclusiveness, yet elsewhere doing a disservice to a man to whom this country owes an apology. (more)

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Autumn of loneliness

Despite the underlying violence, physical as well as psychological, of the situation there is a quietude, gentleness and sincerity of treatment which heightens the larger, central debate of the film(more)

Source: Narmata Joshi, The Hindu


Aligarh is a refreshing and respectful take on homosexuality

The pace is unhurried, the background score is minimal, and Aligarh�s mood is often dry or distant. And that�s why the fleeting comedy around Rao�s landlady appears like scenes from another movie. (more)

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