Aligarh (movie): The review

Author : Oohini Mukhopadhyay 

Every body is a vessel

Trying to manifest constructs

Already manifested in succession.

Idiosyncrasy is lost

In a prudent conspiracy

All the vessels try to befit one another

According to shapes and sizes


Ideally descending.

Some of them, that beg to differ in their configuration

Make a lot of noise in the process of befitting

Brawny vessels survive and create a sace of their own

Fragile ones shatter due to friction in capitulation.


A path breaking film, that fosters an appalling discourse on the fate and fame of homosexuality in India. Charged with hysteria, psychological imbalance and several nervous disorders, homosexuality is tabooed with all sorts of connotations and the very same happens with this middle aged professor of Aligarh Muslim University, who is struggling to fit in a milieu that functions “normally”. Where on one hand heteronormativity casts its shadow over the large abstracts of sexuality, the film is constantly highlighting a problematic question of the survival of a biologically “normal” and sexually “abnormal” individualism.

Manoj Bajpayee’s efforts as the protagonist comes through as absolutely convincing and reflects on the buried desires of acceptability while upholding the fight against unjustified suspension from work on the basis of his sexual orientation. Rajkumar Rao makes a powerful attempt in the journalist’s role bringing forth realities and magnifying deeper concerns. Acknowledging a brilliant production, the realistic film outcries social and fundamental theories that constricts human behavior.

Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is a conscious effort to bring out the biographical drama of the Indian linguist and author, Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras(Bajpayee) and journalist, Deepu Sebastian. The sacking of the professor from the position of a Reader and Chair of Modern Indian languages because of his non conformity boils the blood and successfully draws the zeal to react.

Aligarh, releases today, 26th Feb,2016

5/5: Rating


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